Swansea City boss Steve Cooper has played down suggestions the club tried to sign Charlton Athletic midfielder Jonny Williams during the summer transfer window.
Cooper’s side are preparing for a trip to face Charlton at The Valley on Thursday just four days after the Addicks secured an impressive 1-0 victory over promotion-chasing Leeds United, during which Williams played a starring role.
The 25-year-old re-signed for Charlton in July after helping the London side to promotion during the second half of last season, but the midfielder was reportedly offered out to host of Championship clubs prior to this and Swansea were among those thought to be interested according to Wales Online.
However, this move did not materialise and Williams instead signed a fresh one-year deal at The Valley, where he has played a key role this season having featured in all nine of Lee Bowyer’s side’s Championship outings during their impressive start to the campaign.
The Welsh international now looks set to again be an important figure when he faces the Swansea side he was linked with over the summer, but Cooper has insisted that there have been no serious attempts to bring Williams to SA1 during his time at the club.
“I was aware of the rumours because when I knew there was an opportunity to be interviewed for the job, you start doing your due diligence and research and his name kept popping up,” he told Wales Online.
“But that’s as far as I knew. They might not have been rumours. But certainly, since I came through the door at the end of June there was nothing from there.”
Williams has made a fine start to life in the Championship after excelling for Charlton during their League One promotion campaign, with the wide summer interest him appearing to be justified following his impressive form.
The midfielder is strong with the ball at his feet and offers plenty of mobility in the centre of the pitch which means he should have been a good fit at Swansea, but the move never seemed to be a realistic possibility.
The Swans have also made a strong start to the season themselves and with Cooper already having a host of midfielders at his disposal, it is difficult to envisage how he could have made the system work with Williams also pressing for game time.
It seems to have worked out well for both parties with Williams now enjoying life back at Charlton, but Swansea fans will be hoping their side’s failure to sign the midfielder doesn’t come back to haunt them on Wednesday night.