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Swansea City dealt major setback in move for Championship defender



Swansea City’s move to sign Fulham right-back Cyrus Christie has collapsed, a report from Wales Online has revealed.

Having seen Ethan Laird recalled from his loan spell in Wales by parent club Manchester United earlier this month – with the 20-year-old subsequently loaned to another Championship side in Bournemouth – a new right-back is a priority for the Swans this month.

That had led to reports from TalkSport journalist Alex Crook claiming that Swansea were close to the signing of Christie from Fulham, amid claims from Swans manager Russell Martin that he was confident of signing a new right-back.

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Now however, it seems as though a move to take the 29-year-old from London to Wales in the current market will not be happening.

According to this latest update, the deal to take Christie to Swansea has now collapsed, leaving the Swans to look for alternative options to fill the void on the right-hand side of their defence.

After spending last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, Christie has made just one Cup appearance for Fulham during the current campaign.

As things stand, the Republic of Ireland’s contract at Craven Cottage is set to expire at this summer, meaning this month is Fulham’s last chance to receive a fee for the defender.

The Verdict

You feel this will be a frustrating update for all involved here.

For Swansea, it means they are missing out on an experienced and reliable option in a position they badly need to strengthen this month.

Fulham meanwhile, have missed a chance to cash in on a player they could soon lose for free in the coming months, potentially denying them some useful funds.

Christie meanwhile, is surely desperate to get back to match action as soon as possible after so long out, so the fact he will not be getting that opportunity to do so with a move to Swansea, could be hard for him to take as well.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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