Swansea City have a lot of work to do in the final week of the January transfer window.
A total of five players have left the club and they have yet to sign any players, with the departure of Morgan Whittaker from Plymouth Argyle the only addition to the squad.
The future of Michael Obafemi, Jamie Patterson and Whittaker is key to what will happen in the coming days.
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Burnley turned down some offers for Aubameyang earlier this month and they may have turned their attention elsewhere after being unwilling to match the asking price for the Republic of Ireland international.
As for Paterson, Coventry City are interested in the playmaker, although the Swans have not received any concrete offers for the 31-year-old.
And then there’s Whittaker. Speaking after the draw with Queens Park Rangers, Russell Martin said he had not expected the versatile striker to join Rangers this month, given the distance between the clubs when it comes to reaching a deal which the 22-year-old will go through. Move to Ibrox. .
“It just means the process will be slower, he’ll try to get back into the team if he’s still here in 12 days or whatever he’s predicting,” he said of Whittaker’s absence from QPR.
Martin has regularly stated that Swansea did not need to sell players to be able to sign new ones this month, however as the window progresses it looks like some of them will have to drop players in order to sign given the balance sheet of the team could have a huge impact.
The estate is understandably reluctant to approve a deal for a new striker unless Obafemi and Whittaker are traded.
A source close to Kyodozi Ogbene, who is Swansea’s main target this month, told WalesOnline last week that a deal for the Rotherham United striker looks increasingly unlikely, though not entirely impossible.
Swansea have been frustrated almost endlessly in their hunt for other attacking options throughout January and still have other positions to fill.
The right-back remains a possibility, as does the goalkeeper following the shocking news of Stephen Benda’s knee injury.
And although Martin has said that he does not want to repeat the errors of previous transfer sales when it was a matter of hurriedly adding players who were not ready to have an impact in the first XI, it seems probable that any activity will be carried out in the last strokes of the window.
With just three points separating Swansea from a play-off place and just five between them and third-placed Watford, the importance of the coming days cannot be understated.
Source: Wales Online
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