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Swansea City working within their means to sign Marcus Harness
Tuesday, 21st Jun 2022 09:00 by @Cornish67David

Twenty six year old Marcus Myers-Harness has again been linked to Swansea City after interest cooled off two weeks ago.The main stumbling block then was that his club Portsmouth wanted to recoup the six hundred thousand pounds plus fee they paid for him in 2019. His previous club Burton Albion also have a sell on clause it is believed. Although the full details of the sale in 2019 have never been disclosed.

In January Portsmouth reportedly put a million plus pounds plus on Harness’s head, that frightened off Blackburn Rovers and other interested parties. Pompey having seen the lack of interest at their own inflated pricing of their one true consistent performer last season then triggered a one year option on his contract. This will keep Harness within a price range that should cover their outlay from 2019. Swansea City having already agreed a 1.4 million ( projected ) deal to secure Harry Darling from MK Dons this week means Harness will not be in the financial range of the swans as it stands.

Harness looking to move to the championship this summer

That said talk is now falling towards one of three young strikers the swans have, and would possibly agree to a swap deal for Harness. Kyle Joseph is one, however his transfer fee last summer from Wigan to the swans rivals that of the fee paid by Pompey for Harness. The same can be said of Morgan Whittaker who signed from Derby County. The last player who the swans would release is Liam Cullen, a product of the youth academy Cullen has struggled for game time in the championship and spent the last part of last season at Lincoln City with Morgan Whittaker. Where Whittaker excelled at times Cullen struggled in a variety of roles at Sincil Bank.

The fact is Swansea City have three strikers they would ‘consider’ allowing to leave the club and Portsmouth are pretty much struggling in the striker department - and are desperate to find cost effective recruits. A deal that included the south coast club bolstering their attacking options could be enough to get Harness to Swansea. Albeit this has been reported over the last week we understand that any transfer isn’t as close as some would believe, least of all at any finer stage this week. That being said all three swans players are training in Surrey in readiness for the new season. It has to be said with the clubs striking options ‘okay’ at this point as we saw with Harry Darling things can turn around quickly.

Harness offers something different to what the swans have at this time. A winger with pace, Harness also experienced wing back roles at Burton Albion, and is comfortable on either side of the pitch. Having scored twenty three goals in one hundred and eleven appearances he also offers game changing options as he has displayed at Portsmouth. Harness declared his loyalty to the Republic of Ireland two years ago, any championship move would bring him to the attention of the country he intends to play for.

As reported two months ago Remy Mitchell the Arsenal under 18 goalkeeper is talking to the swans and is expected to sign for the club later this week. Mitchell has been released by the gunners.

Photographs licensed from Reuters

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