Writer: Danny Cosker
Date:Monday July 25 2011
Swansea City have lodged a bid for Lee Camp. Ashley Williams improved contract in 'early stages' and Five or Six players expected to join in the coming weeks.
On the day that Swansea City fly out to Austria, Brendan Rodgers claims that a firm bid is in place for Nottingham Forest keeper Lee Camp, whilst admitting that David Stockdale will now join a Championship club following talks with Martin Jol about the 'recall thing'.
"David Stockdale was one that we were monitoring closely, but he wasn`t the only one," said Rodgers.
"David will probably go into the Championship on loan. So that won`t happen, purely because of the recall thing.
"I had a good conversation with Martin Jol and we would have liked him to come here because his development would have gone on but they have got to think tactically about whether they would need him back.
"He will go elsewhere. An offer has gone in for Lee Camp as everyone knows and it`s between the two clubs now.
"So I`m not concerned. Obviously teams will be bringing in lots of players because they have to bring in lots of players.
"There is a need to bring in five or six here and we have already brought a few. Any players that come in will just give us that bit of depth.
"We`ll get that done in the next couple of weeks.
"I know what my targets are and I have spoken about them with the club. I hope then that the club can close them out.
"Of course you want your faces in sooner rather than later but that will get done.
"I`ve had a good meeting with the chairman and I hope that we can do that over the coming weeks. But the core of our group we already have here."
Two-time Championship team player of the year Ashley Williams, will be rewarded with a bumper contract that will put him 'on a par with everyone else at the club':
"He has still got two years left on his current deal but he is one we are looking to secure.
"We want to bring him up to speed in terms of his wages.
"He is a player who has done remarkably well for this club over the past few seasons, playing consistently well.
"He will certainly earn his money next year and we want him to be on a par with everyone else at the club.
"Ash is a player who I have no doubt will step into the Premier League and do very well.
"We want to make sure everything for him is right, as I do with all my players."
Speaking about the trip to Obertraun in Austria, Rodgers said:
"It gives us a bit of peace and privacy.
"We will do a lot of our tactical work over there because obviously our training ground here is open and anyone can come and watch it.
"It allows us to do things we might not be able to do over here. It also gives us the chance to take our football to another country and play in a teams in a different part of the world.
"We are looking forward to it. Saturday`s game was a nice little exercise for us at the end of a tough week for the players.
"They have had a really physical week and it was a good way to finish off, having played against almost all of the local sides over the last couple of weeks.
"Now we can get away and step it up. The players are looking fantastic in training and they are coming in every day to work hard and work well.
"They came back in great condition. I told them before they went this is not how pre-season was 20 years ago, you have to come back fit and we will take you on to the next couple of levels.
"Players used to be able to come back unfit and then train to get fit, it`s not like that any more.
"The professionalism and the condition of the players was superb coming back. All their weight training, etc so the last week and a half has been devoted to their conditioning but always with the football."
Preperation looks to be going well for the Swans with only 21 days until the kick-off with Manchester City.
Date:Monday July 25 2011
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