SWANSEA SEARCH FOR ASHLEY WILLIAMS’ REPLACEMENT

Swansea City are still in search for a capable replacement for Ashley Williams since allowing the transfer of the Wales international to Everton.


The summer window is set to close on Wednesday, yet the spot is yet to be filled. Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin is willing to add a centre back, with prospects likely to be from the Serie A. After the loss to new entrants Hull City, the need to fill the position would be more imminent.

Udinese defender Thomas Heurtaux has been linked to be the replacement but his fractured jaw could have affected the transfer process. Back up goalkeeper, Kristoffer Nordfeldt has signed a new four year deal with the club.

In the other division, Cardiff City are trying to force out Federico Macheda, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Adam Le Fondre before the window closes. The players have been told they are free to leave the club by the management of the Bluebirds.

Cardiff are willing to add a wing-back after the departure of Fabio this summer. The club was been linked to Red Devils Tyler Blackett who is a centre back, but can play as a left back. There was also Leicester City’s Richie De Laet on their radar. However, they lost out on both as De Laet joined Aston Villa and Blackett moved to Reading. Coach Paul Trollope discussed it, saying: “With Fabio gone, I’ll admit looking for a full back or wing back, with a bit of versatility to cover positions. Fabs was ideal because he could play right and left, so we will be looking.”

Soccer Pundits say that the transfer activities of Cardiff would define their season. They are looking at freeing players to get funds for reinforcement. Italian side Pescara are hoping to replace Gianluca Lapadula with Macheda, but the deal for the 24-year old seems to have stalled.

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