Swansea City are facing a crucial period in the run up to the January transfer window where they will need to show backing to Russell Martin to help them continue to push up the Championship table.
In terms of results, it was a difficult start to life in charge of Swansea for Martin, but the last few months have seen the Swans’ form improve and they have moved into the top half of the table and enter the international break just three points adrift of the play-off places.
Martin’s side are already starting to be linked with one or two potential transfer moves during the winter window. According to the latest reports from Wales Online, the Swans are potentially interested in making a move to sign MK Dons goalkeeper Andy Fisher when the transfer window opens in two months.
Therefore, that is going to be one potential transfer move for Swansea fans to keep an eye as we head ever closer towards the transfer window opening. It will be interesting to see if the Swans can manage to get the first choice goalkeeper out of MK Dons midway through a campaign.
So with that in mind, we take a look at what we know so far about this potential transfer move and ask whether it is likely to happen or now…
What do we know so far?
According to Wales Online, Martin is wanting Swansea to try and sign Fisher in the January transfer window as he looks to add another quality option to his goalkeeping ranks. Having signed the keeper when he was in charge at Stadium MK he is now keen reunite with him in the Championship at his new club.
It is believed that Swansea are eyeing up the signing of a new goalkeeper in January, with Ben Hamer’s current contract set to expire in the summer if the Swans decide against activating their one-year extension option on his contract.
While Steven Benda has now fallen out of favour and behind Hamer in the pecking order after starting the campaign as the Swans’ first choice keeper under Martin. The Swans are hoping to sign Fisher to try and solve their issues in the goalkeeping department as a result.
Signing Fisher is being seen as good long-term succession planning by Swansea and they are set to test MK Dons’ resolve to keep hold of their current first choice stopper by the time the winter window comes around. It is believed the keeper and Manchester City’s James McAtee are the Swans two priority signings for January.
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Is it likely to happen?
Considering the Swans’ situation with Hamer approaching the end of his deal it is likely that they are going to want to sign a younger goalkeeper with a view towards the long-term future. They will need to sign someone capable of challenging Benda for his place in the next few years.
The obvious connection has been established between Martin and Fisher. The Swansea manager clearly highly rates the goalkeeper having brought him into MK Dons and made him their number one ahead of someone with Lee Nicholls’ quality.
If Swansea are to sign a new number one that fits in with what Martin wants from his side, then signing Fisher who is already tried and tested under the Swans boss would be the best possible move for them to make. Therefore, you can see them putting in a lot of effort to get this deal done.
Fisher would likely be wanting to reunite with Martin and test himself in the Championship at a club that have finished in the play-offs in the last two campaigns. Therefore, you would expect the keeper to be wanting MK Dons to finalise this move if it does come around.
However, MK Dons have already lost Martin to Swansea and they might be reluctant to allow their first choice stopper to leave the club at this stage of the campaign. So, the Swans might have to do a lot of negotiating to get this over the line