Swansea City are lining up a move for Lorient’s Julien Ponceau, according to Wales Online.
Steve Cooper will reportedly look to bolster his Swansea side with the acquisition of 19-year-old Ponceau this month, with several other clubs around Europe said to be monitoring him including Sevilla and Basel.
He’s a highly-rated youngster – last year he was linked with Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, and has already been capped by France at under-20 level.
It’s understood though that no initial contacts have been made by Swansea to the club, but that a loan-move with the view to buy is the most likely outcome should it materialise.
Ponceau is a zippy midfielder – he’s the type to cover lots of ground and put himself on the line for his team. Swansea have some strong players in that position already, like Matt Grimes, and Ponceau would learn a lot from the likes of him.
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Cooper has already been a busy man in this month’s transfer window – Rhian Brewster completed his long-awaited and long-anticipated loan move from Liverpool until the end of the season, whilst Chelsea’s Marc Guehi has today completed an 18-month loan deal at the Liberty.
Ponceau looks like a real talent. Swansea under Cooper are definitely looking to build a project and with some quality young players already at the club, the addition of Ponceau would only better that.
It’s always a risk taking a relatively unknown, young player though, but if anyone can get the best out of him, it’s surely Cooper.