Swansea City head of recruitment Andy Scott has provided an update on the club’s summer transfer plans and revealed that targets have been identified.
The Swans have flirted with the play-offs throughout the majority of Steve Cooper’s first season in charge of the squad.
They sit 11th in the Championship table as things stand but are just three points away from the top six.
With nine games left of the season, they will no doubt feel confident of closing that gap but their promotion push has been put on hold for the time being as all EFL games have been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The work may have stopped on the pitch for Swansea but it appears the club are continuing to work hard off it, particularly in their preparations for the upcoming transfer window.
Scott said: “We’re making the most of what we can do during the current situation.
“There is uncertainty at present regarding the contract situation of players whose deals expire this summer, but we are working with all possible outcomes in mind.
“We have got a list of 450 players that we have looked at since the start of the season. Each player is ranked in their position and whittled down to about three or four players.
“It has whittled down to 35 players that are on our radar. We’ve done our due diligence on each player – their character, their background etc – and then that list goes to Steve. That list is then broken down to the top one or two players per position and we see what is possible on a player and financial front.
He concluded: “So while there is no football being played, fans can rest assured know that behind the scenes we are working very hard and doing everything we can to put us in the best possible position on a recruitment front.”
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Scott provides an intriguing insight into the work that is underway to set Swansea on the front foot in the upcoming transfer window.
Fans of the South Wales club will surely love to hear how much work is going on and must be excited to see how that will translate into signings.
A significant amount of the Welsh club’s business since Cooper took over has been in the loan market – with three young players joining from big Premier League clubs in January.
That is perhaps no surprise given the 40-year-old is a well-renowned youth coach, having helped England U17s win the World Cup in
It will be interesting to see if Swansea continue to invest in youth in his first full summer transfer window.