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Swansea City latest on Hannes Wolf and more business done this Monday
Monday, 4th Jul 2022 18:58 by Swansea Independent

Swansea City continue to do the business they can whilst waiting for Jay Fulton, Liam Walsh, Ryan Bennett and Nathanael Ogbeta to ponder their futures.

Borussia Mönchengladbach player Hannes Wolf has again been linked to the swans. His parent club are said to be considering offers for the player. The problem for Swansea is the fee, it is believed to be around five million pounds. Much reduced from his worth even eighteen months ago. That being said there is also an option for Wolf to return to Swansea on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. It has to be said that Borussia Mönchengladbach won’t be as flexible as they were in January when Wolf joined the swans. They will want far firmer assurances and their desire to assist with his salary could prove to be an issue. There is no way the swans will pay his alleged thirty thousand pounds a week salary.

And there in is the issue.

If there isn’t a place for Joe Allen at this moment in time then Wolf will most certainly be coming second.

The swans accepted an offer for Ogbeta from an undisclosed league one club on Saturday but the player refused to budge and we are told he wants to stay at the club irrespective of any offer. The fact it would mean a return to league one is obviously an issue. Joining the swans in January Ogbeta said “I am so happy, it was a crazy deadline day. We were waiting as a family hoping it would go through, it was challenging but we kept faith that it would get done and we just rejoiced when it was done. It was dramatic, but I am so happy. I had heard a couple of weeks ago that there was some interest and it progressed from there”

The twenty one year old hasn’t seemingly had a chance at Swansea with very limited minutes. However, his issues with a previous manager have been highlighted before. Steve Cotterill dropped him at the start of last season when Ogbeta was at Shrewsbury Town. His early success when transferring from Manchester City seemed to go to his head and Cotterill was none too happy. Ogbeta said at the time “it was a kick up the backside. As young players and in general it’s so easy to get complacent, you think you’re going to play all of the time and your desire to improve can start to go. But me being out of the team was the best thing that’s happened to me going forward, because it’s made me see that every game and training session matters.”

It seems from that experience he had learned from his lack of effort. Nobody of course is intimating that his lack of involvement is as a result of a bad attitude. However swans fans will want answers on the player who cost in the region of three hundred and sixty thousand pounds. It’s a very strange scenario. Ogbeta was Mark Allen’s last real involvement of a player signing for the club, a short while later he was ‘moved on’ from Swansea City. Speculation is rife regards why Allen is no longer at the swans, and some have stated it’s allegedly down to Ogbeta’s signing. Without anything from the club it’s speculation, however if he was being appreciated by the manager and the club there wouldn’t have been an attempt to move him on the weekend.

Joel Latibeaudiere has been the subject of an inquiry from Burnley, and a fee of around four hundred thousand was discussed. If the latest speculation on Joel is correct then the swans are talking to him regards a new contract. Whether that’s an attempt to publicly state ‘ We are trying to keep him’ whilst trying to move up the offer for him is open to discussion, but it won’t be the first time a club has done this. We too should be sceptical at all times during the summer closure. These are sketchy times with many cards being played by every club involved in the transfer market. Players being touted by agents, clubs employing agents to disrupt players at other clubs, and not least the players themselves using their perceived position of power to their advantage.

Nice one Charlie

One young academy player who is delighted this evening is Charlie Veevers, signed from Manchester United originally for the under 18 side he has impressed enough to earn his first professional contract. Talking today he said “It’s been a dream ever since I was a kid and I started playing football to become a professional footballer. To sign your first professional contract is a massive thing and it’s a great feeling”

That’s the latest briefing from Swansea Independent today. More news as we get it.

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