Swansea City open talks to sign Greece defender Vangelis Moras

Vangelis Moras
Defender Vangelis Moras has won 15 Greece international caps

Swansea City have opened negotiations with Greek international centre-back Vangelis Moras as boss Brendan Rodgers attempts to ease his defensive crisis.

Wales international Ashley Williams is Swansea's only fully fit centre-back as captain Garry Monk is playing despite suffering a long-standing foot trouble.

Steven Caulker and Alan Tate are long-term injury absentees so Rodgers gave former Bologna defender Moras a trial.

And the Premier League newcomers hope Moras will sign a season-long deal.

Rogers revealed last week that that he needed to "look at some cover" to his small squad "until some injuries clear up".

He also offered a trial to Hungarian international defender Zoltan Liptak but the Welsh club decided against offering him a contract after he played in Swansea's 5-3 reserve team defeat to Newcastle United.

But Swansea are keen to keep 15-times capped Greek international Moras, who left Bologna in the summer after four years with the Seria A side.

Fifa refused international clearance to complete the transfers of Darnell Situ and Rafik Halliche during the summer transfer window, so the Swans have no option but to reinforce the squad with free agents.

Rodgers now hopes to bolster his squad during the two-week international break and Moras could be available for selection for their next Premier League trip to Norwich City on 15 October.

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