Swansea City seek expert to improve recruitment drive

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers wants Swansea to be more competitive in the transfer market

Swansea City are set to appoint John Stephenson in a key recruitment role at the club, BBC Wales Sport understands.

Stephenson resigned as Brighton & Hove Albion's head of football opeations in August, six months after joining the Championship outfit from Watford.

During his time at the Hornets, Stephenson worked alongside Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Swans boss is keen to strengthen the club's expertise in securing players during the transfer windows.

Rodgers was left reeling at the end of the August transfer window when deadline day deals for Darnell Situ and Rafik Halliche were blocked after failing to satisfy Fifa's guidelines.

With a number of his players away this week on international duty, Rodgers said he intended to use the break from Premier League fixtures to recruit "one or two" backroom staff.

"It's something that's very important to us so that we continue to grow, not only on the pitch but off the pitch," said Rodgers after Sunday's 2-0 win over Stoke City.

As well as working at Watford and Brighton, Stephenson is credited with developing youth academies at Celtic, Reading and Preston North End.