Boss gives transfer update

2nd August 2018
First team

Graham Potter has revealed that Alfie Mawson is set to leave the Liberty as transfer business continues at Swansea City.

Potter remains on the trail of a number of potential signings as the clock ticks down on the summer transfer window.

And the Swans boss has said a number of current players could still depart – with Mawson among them.

When asked about suggestions that the central defender is poised to join Fulham, Potter said: “As far as I know the clubs are finalising things.

“These deals take a bit of time to get over the line, but I don’t expect there to be any problems.

“I have been planning for Alfie not to be with us for a few weeks now.”

Potter said Crystal Palace “have shown an interest” in Jordan Ayew, adding that the clubs are in discussions over a possible deal for the Ghanaian forward.

Potter also revealed there has been contact from Burnley about Sam Clucas when asked about stories linking the midfielder with a switch to Turf Moor.

As for players moving in the opposite direction, Potter remains hopeful that more deals will be concluded, whether it is before the August 9 deadline for permanent transfers or the August 31 loan deadline.

“In an ideal world we would like to strengthen the group,” Potter said.

“The group have been great in pre-season – they have shown desire and appetite – but we need to strengthen.

“We are in a period of restructuring. We have targets but I haven’t got a set number in my head.

“It’s more about the quality of the person and the player than a particular number, and at the moment we are spinning plates.

“We have to be sensible and restructure in a good way.”