Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers targets 'quality' January signings

Barclays Premier League - Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

Venue:
Liberty Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 31 December
Kick-off:
1500 GMT
Coverage:
Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales (Swansea FM only); live text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles & score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Radio Cymru
Brendan Rodgers
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers signed six players in the summer

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers says the emphasis will be on quality not quantity in the transfer window as he aims to boost his side's survival bid.

The Swans have won once in their last eight games and their small squad has been tested because of injuries to Alan Tate, Neil Taylor and Angel Rangel.

"We'll try and bring in a couple of players," said Rodgers.

"If we can bring in the right quality, it will give us that freshness for the second half of the season."

But he added: "There will not be a whole load coming in."

Swansea have just 15 outfield regulars available to face Tottenham on Saturday as Steven Caulker cannot face his parent club.

Rodgers, who signed six players - including in-form goalkeeper Michel Vorm and top-scorer Danny Graham - last summer, is looking for "good players" in every position.

Chairman Huw Jenkins has told Rodgers there are funds available to "bring in one or two players" as Swansea bid to avoid relegation back to the Championship after just one season in the Premier League.

Clubs benefit from almost £40m for every season spent in the top flight, but Jenkins stressed the Welsh club "would not break the bank" as the 14th-placed Swans continue their frugal approach in the transfer market.

"There's always a need to look at the squad and bring in one or two players in certain positions, as Brendan has made clear," said Jenkins.

"We don't have a specific sum of money available. When we see the right player available for us, we'll look at it.

"We've got to get a balance of bringing in the right players to the club that have enough hunger to still push their careers on, and we'll look for those type of players without breaking the bank."

Alan Tate's means Rodgers will hope to reinforce his defence, while the Swansea boss also wants to strengthen his midfield after revealing his interest in signing England Under-21 midfielder on loan from Chelsea in January.

Swansea have been linked with NEC Nijmegen's Dutch midfielder John Goossens and have agreed a fee to sign Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly as the Premier League's second lowest scorers want to strengthen their front-line.

But Jenkins is anxious not to disrupt Swansea's squad with a host of new arrivals.

He said: "We've done quite well in introducing three or four players gradually, keeping the nucleus of the squad together and keeping our team spirit, and we don't want to jeopardise that."

Rodgers missed out on Darnell Situ and Rafik Halliche on transfer deadline day last summer after Fifa refused international clearance because the deal was not completed in time.

The Liberty Stadium club also failed to sign Burnley defender David Edgar on a season-long loan on the final day of last January's transfer deadline day as Fifa rejected international clearance.

And Jenkins is confident that will not happen to Swansea again.

"Ideally we want all of our business done in advance," said the Swans chairman.

"No-one wants to be involved in a last day clamour for signatures. But it doesn't always work out like that."

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