Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Swansea City Manager Confirms Interest In Bates

Swansea City Manager Confirms Interest In Bates

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he has contacted Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray regarding their skipper Matthew Bates.

After securing the services of Holland's number two goalkeeper Michel Vorm for a bargain £1.5m, Rodgers has now turned his attentions to strengthening the defence.

Neil Taylor is suspended for Monday's opener at Manchester City and Garry Monk is also doubtful, but not only that, our defence does need strengthening as it's lacking good cover. The fact that we have no replacements for centre backs Ashley Williams and Steven Caulker for Monday's game confirms that.

Rodgers told BBC Sport that he is in no rush to sign a defender:

'They are players who we are interested in, But they are at other clubs.'

'It is certainly an area we want to strengthen,'

'It is different in the Premier League as once you name your squad, that's you through to January - so we must make sure we have enough quality and reinforcements.'

'I spoke to [Boro manager] Tony Mowbray on Matthew and on his availability to see where he was at,'

'There is a number of players that we are looking at but I am not in a rush.'


Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray said he's received no offer from the Swans for Bates:

'I have had one conversation with Brendan and then nothing,'

'I said to Matthew [Thursday] morning that nothing has happened, there has been no further conversations, there has been no offers, it is just speculation.

'He needs to get his head around the fact he is captain of Middlesbrough Football Club, he's got a big game at the weekend and he has to get himself ready.'


Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala has also been reported as another defensive target for the Premiership club.





Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Thursday August 11 2011
Time: 6:16PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

The Swansea City Injury Table Updated 20/10/2017

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Swansea City FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Match Analysis: Swansea City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Detailed tactical match analysis as Swansea City`s first home win finally arrives as Tammy Abraham nets a brace in the 2-0 victory against newly promoted Huddersfield Town

A Sensible Xmas For 2017/18

Following the speculation that at least one Premier League tie would be moved to Christmas Eve, it has now been confirmed...

Officials - Swansea v Leicester (21/10/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Swansea City and Leicester City this Saturday.

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs Huddersfield Town
Suggested By:
Fabianski8%
Naughton4%
Fernandez4%
Mawson0%
Olsson0%
Britton10%
Carroll2%
Fer2%
Ayew14%
Abraham46%
Narsingh10%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Phil W7
2.GThomas3
3.Dennis Downing2
4.yugo231
5.Vital Swansea City1
The Vital Football Members League