Brendan Rodgers blocks Stephen Dobbie loan move

Stepehen Dobbie
Dobbie has played 34 times and scored 14 goals

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has told Stephen Dobbie to forget about a loan move before the window closes.

Middlesbrough are reported to have an interest in the midfielder, with Blackpool and Birmingham also linked.

Dobbie was part of Swansea's promotion success last season but has not played at all in 2012, and has only figured in the side onece since November 2011.

"I have to protect the club so none of the senior players will be going out," said Rodgers.

"I have got empathy for Stephen. I have spoken to Stephen to explain the situation and I'm sure he has been frustrated not to make the squads.

"But the players are well paid, so it's just unlucky for them and he has to get on with it.

"I know Stephen wants to play games. The great thing about him is that he is not driven by money - he is purely driven by playing football.

"But ultimately I have got to think about what happens at Swansea City.

"Look at what happened last week - all of a sudden we lost two players in a couple of days to injury in Joe Allen and Kemy Agustien.

"We could well lose more players over a longer period and, when that happens, I need players at Swansea who I can call on."

The loan transfer window for Premier League players to go out to Championship clubs closes in March.

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