Manchester United defender Ethan Laird has completed a medical with Swansea City ahead of his imminent season-long loan move to the Swans, according to Wales Online reporter Ian Mitchelmore.
Laird has been a key transfer target for Russell Martin since he arrived at the club from MK Dons and it has been widely reported that the Swans have been the side leading the race for the 20-year-old’s signature.
That came with Manchester United wanting the defender to go out on loan once again to get more first-team minutes under his belt.
However, a report from The Sun on Sunday (15/08/2021, p63) had suggested that newly-promoted Blackpool were eyeing up a late move to potentially secure a move for Laird ahead of Swansea as they aim to further bolster their defensive options.
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That came after Martin had revealed that Laird was in attendance for Swansea’s goalless draw with Sheffield United on Saturday as they aimed to wrap up his loan deal from Manchester United.
Wales Online reporter Ian Mitchelmore has now revealed that the Manchester United defender has completed a medical with the Swans and it is now just a case of signing and submitting paperwork before the deal is announced.
This is excellent news for Swansea at this stage in the transfer window and it seems as though they have very much won the race against Blackpool for the 20-year-old’s signature.
It would be a major surprise if Laird was not to be announced as a Swansea player now with a medical having already been completed with the Swans.
The defender has obviously been a key target for Martin and therefore the board have shown backing of him in the transfer market to get this one over the line it seems.
Laird already knows that he can fit into Martin’s system seamlessly following his loan at MK Dons last term and so he should come straight into contention for regular starts this term.
This could work out to be the perfect sort of transfer move for all concerned because Laird’s development should only advance with regular minutes in the Championship under Martin. While the Swans will get extra defensive depth into their squad.