Today's media round up
31st January 2013
It's transfer deadline day and there is no doubt in what will make the headlines. With only hours remaining in this month's window the Swans have been quiet compared to other clubs, but there is still plenty of time for things to change. Away from the transfer window, Ki Sung-Yueng has been speaking to Sky Sports as he feared he would miss the Capital One Cup final. The South Wales Evening Post has spoken to some of the Jack Army as they queued through the night to secure their tickets for the final. Finally, the Mirror have suggested the Swans are interested in Blackpool winger Thomas Ince. What will the headlines say when the transfer window slams shut at midnight?
Swansea's Ki Sung-Yueng feared he would miss Capital One Cup final due to injury
Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng admits he feared his Capital One Cup hopes were dashed when he suffered an ankle injury against Chelsea last week.
The South Korea international was caught on the ankle by Chelsea midfielder Ramires during the second leg of their semi-final at the Liberty Stadium.
The former Celtic star concedes he feared he had suffered a serious injury following the challenge, which went unpunished by referee Chris Foy.
"I was afraid, after the tackle, that I had got a bad injury," said Ki. "I have had a few ankle injuries before, so I know how bad they can be.
"I seriously thought I might miss Wembley when that happens.
"I thought I might not be able to play for two or three months, but I was very lucky."
After seeing his injury fears allayed, Ki admits that thoughts have already started to shift towards Wembley and earning a place in Michael Laudrup's starting line-up.
"We're all fighting for a place in the team at Wembley," he added.
"Every player is ready to play. We have shown this season that anyone can come in and do well.
"We have got good strength in this squad."
South Wales Evening Post
Hundreds of Swansea City fans gather overnight to pick up Capital One Cup Final tickets
Hundreds of Swansea City fans queued through the night to secure their tickets for the Capital One Cup final.
Supporters camped in the Liberty Stadium to guarantee their tickets for the big match against Bradford City at Wembley.
According to officials at the ground, around 800 dedicated fans turned out to get their hands on the tickets for the game, which will see the Swans appear in their first ever major cup final on February 24.
And while the first team were playing out a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, fans were already making their way to the ticket office.
First in line to pick up his tickets was Martin Northy of Penlan.
The 31-year-old said: "It's a very special occasion. I was here at 5.30pm on Tuesday, it was cold and windy but it was worth it.
"I won't be selling any of them, I can't wait to enjoy the day.
"It is my girlfriend Clare's birthday so I am taking her and her parents, we will be going up on the Friday and coming back Monday.
"I think they will do it, 100 per cent.
"We are doing really well, the manager has done so well, I am really proud of the boys."
Ince of Wales? Swansea ready to fight Reading for Blackpool star Thomas Ince
By Darren Lewis
Royals thought they had their man when rivals Liverpool signed Philippe Coutinho but life's not that simple PLUS McDermott eyes midfield duo
Laud applause: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is a big fan of Ince's Laud applause: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is a big fan of Ince's
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is ready to gazump Reading's bid to sign Blackpool scoring sensation Thomas Ince.
The 21-year-old midfielder, has netted 15 times in 30 appearances so far this season for the Championship club.
Relegation-threatened Reading have made an offer of £7million - trumping Liverpool's offer of £4.5m for a player they sold to Blackpool for £250,000.
Liverpool have since signed Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho, but the Royals' hopes of being left with a clear run at Ince have been dashed by the Wembley-bound League Cup finalists, with Laudrup a big admirer.