Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers hopeful on Rory Donnelly deal

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers is confident of signing Northern Ireland under-21 striker Rory Donnelly.

Cliftonville have accepted an offer of around £100,000 from Swansea for Donnelly, who has also been linked with Everton and Liverpool.

The 19-year-old is due in south Wales for talks and Rodgers believes Swansea are the right club for him to develop.

"Over the next couple of days we'll look to tie something up and hopefully we can conclude that deal," he said.

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor told BBC Sport NI that he had been contacted by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish about Donnelly.

Everton and Brentford have also been linked with a player who has scored 17 goals so far this season.

Irish Premiership side Cliftonville want Donnelly's future to be sorted out before Christmas.

But Donnelly travelled to south Wales for talks with the Premier League newcomers on Monday.

Rodgers said he would be outlining the club's vision for the future during talks with Donnelly and his representatives.

And fellow Northern Irishman Rodgers is confident Donnelly will be attracted by the ambitions of the Liberty Stadium club.

"I think it's important they understand the vision of the club. That's very important," he said.

"He would need to understand where he fits in the plan moving forward.

"For any player, whether it's a youth or a senior player, you want to get an idea of where you fit into the overall structure of the group and how you are going to be improved as a player

"Swansea City as a club, both in terms of football and a city of people, is a real strong attraction.

"I feel after the couple of days here and once we can sell that vision to him and the culture and whole philosophy of how we work and his agent works with the chairman on the deal then I'm very hopeful we can get that sealed."

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