Swansea City transfer news as promising free agent linked, former loan man a £20m target and cult hero name perfect XI
These are your headlines from Swansea City on Sunday May 29
Free agent on the radar
Swansea and Blackpool have joined Hull City to keep tabs on Gillingham centre-back Jack Tucker.
The Sun is reporting that free agent Tucker, 22, is attracting Championship interest. Tucker has been relegated with the Gills this season, with Neil Harris’ men set to play their League Two football next season.
Tucker is out of contract and expected to move up to the second tier. Our colleagues at YorkshireLive report Sheffield Wednesday are also interested.
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Swansea head coach Russell Martin is on the hunt for defensive additions this summer, with chief executive Julian Winter revealing earlier this month that a right-back and two centre-backs would be their transfer priorities. MK Dons’ Harry Darling remains interesting.
Former lenders attract attention
Staying with The Sun, they report that Southampton are keen to sign former Swansea loanee Morgan Gibbs-White – for the princely sum of £20million.
Gibbs-White was signed by Steve Cooper from Wolves but only made a handful of appearances for Swansea due to injury. He was recalled by his parent club, spending the following season with Sheffield United. He thrived at Bramall Lane and caught the admiring glances of Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Meanwhile, another former loanee, striker Viktor Gyokeres, is on Fulham’s radar, while Middlesbrough are also interested in the Coventry City striker.
Richards extends his stay
Jazz Richards has extended his stay with JD Cymru Premier club Haverfordwest Town.
The former Swansea defender has signed a two-year extension. The 31-year-old joined the Bluebirds in March last year and has made 34 appearances for the club in all competitions since.
On its website, the club said: “Since joining the club 14 months ago, Jazz has been a real asset, not only to the football club – where he embraced the community and the region – but also to the league. , his presence helping to attract more attention and lend real credibility to Wales’ top flight – which continues to go from strength to strength.
“The club are delighted to have retained someone with the quality and experience that Jazz has, as we look to build on our performances over the past two seasons in the JD Cymru Premier.”
Akinfenwa names a perfect XI
Adebayo Akinfenwa has named his perfect XI among the players he has played with, with six former Swans making the cut.
Akinfenwa hung up his boots last weekend when Wycombe Wanderers lost to Sunderland in the League One play-off final. It ended a long career for the striker, who is now set to join Beast Mode in his media work.
In FourFourTwo magazine, Akinfenwa picks Garry Monk, Leon Britton, Roberto Martinez, Andy Robinson, Lee Trundle and Leon Knight in his Dream XI.
On Trunds he said: “The best I have played with, without a doubt. Lee was my education at Swansea. I learned so much from him; how to deal with pressure, opposing supporters and expectations. What a man and what a footballer. There was nothing his left foot couldn’t do.
Akinfenwa’s XI: David Stockdale; Kyle Walker, Garry Monk, Joe Jacobson; Eberechi Eze, Leon Britton; Roberto Martinez, Andy Robinson; Cody McDonald, Lee Trundle, Leon Knight.