Date:Monday December 31 2007
With the January Transfer window looming large on the horizon Vital Swansea takes a look at the possible ins and outs of the Liberty Stadium door.
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins revealed this week that a Centre Back and a Striker were top of Roberto Martinez's shopping list. In previous seasons January has proved a disastrous month in the transfer window for the club as the deals for Ian Craney and Kevin Amankwaah so clearly attest to.
Signed for £300,000 in total from Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town respectively by former Manager Kenny Jackett ; both players have been seen by many as a poor investment and a waste of key funds.
It seems likely that Ian Craney's time at the club will come to an end with Stanley manager John Coleman expressing a desire to re sign the former Altringham player.
Craney has had a successful loan spell with the Frazer Eagle Stadium outfit and has scored vital goals for the Lancashire club.
The midfielder's position at Swansea City has become increasingly under threat in the last few months as he has seen from afar Ferrie Bodde and Darren Pratley cement their positions at the heart of rampant Swansea side. The signings of Andrea Orlandi and the return of Darren Way have done little to increase his chances of forcing his way back into the first team.
The former Norwich trainee has also had a successful spell on loan to his former club. This has even led calls from Glovers fans imploring the Central midfielder to stay at Huish Park.
Way could himself put straight into Roberto Martinez's line up next month as Ferrie Bodde serves a possible 5 match suspension following his dismissal after a rash challenge on Leeds Midfielder Jonathan Howson.
The player has even declared that he has " unfinished business" at Swansea City as he looks to fight for his place .
Forgotten man Steven Watt is also set to return this January after his loan spell at Inverness Caledonia Thistle Club . Watt has only one appearance to his name for the Caley Jags since joining the Scottish club on loan . He has also seen any chance of remaining with the Caledoinian Stadium outfit evaporate as Craig Brewster has added St Johnston defender Stuart McCaffrey to the ICT ranks.
Two of the strongest transfer targets muted in recent weeks have been St Mirren defender David Van Zanten and Blackpool Striker Keigan Parker.
The Dublin born defender has been a long term transfer target but it is unclear if Saints boss Gus MacPherson will let the highly rated defender leave St Mirren Park.
Keen to sign a striker to bolster Swansea City's already impressive forward line Blackpool's wayward striker Kiegan Parker has been strongly linked to a move to South Wales. Seasiders boss Simon Grayson has remained tighted lipped over any possible deal and has flatly denied a deal has been reached for the Scots services.
Parker had been linked with a £250,000 move to Hull City in September but the deal broke down as Grayson rejected the offer from the KC Stadium outfit.
The Striker is no stranger to controversy as he was convicted of causing criminal damage to Desire's a massage parlour in Blackpool following a night out.
It is likely that Swansea will face stiff competition for Parker as he has received interest from Nottingham Forrest.
FC Den Bosch striker Koen Van Der Beizen has also been linked with a move from the Netherlands .However Director of Football Fred van der Hoorn denied there had been any interest in the striker from Swansea City.
What is clear is that there will be a new change in transfer policy at the club. This was seen over the course of the summer with the the transfer policy at the club having a radical make over with cut price signings of Ferrie Bodde , Dorus De Vries , Angel Rangel , Gulliem Bauza , Andrea Orlandi and Jason Scotland all signing on for less than £150,000 a very shrewd investment by a manager well versed in business and marketing.
Before the Spaniard set out on his epic scouting mission that saw him take in 4 games in one day Martinez did not hold back in his thoughts about the transfer market in the United Kingdom. With growing transfer fees changing hands between clubs for players the inflated market was a big part in the tacticians transfer market plan. Quick to avoid the pitfalls that beset Kenny Jackett , he has firmly refused be held to ransom over player fees.
This new change was more evidently shown in the negotiations for Darryl Duffy's services. Former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson put a hefty price tag of £400,000 on the young scott . It was to be a change at the board of the KC stadium club that was to bring about the end of Duffy's stop start Tigers career. Chief Executive Officer of Newsplayer Group plc Paul Duffen to over the reigns at the Yorkshire club and provided a more measured approach to transfer dealings. It was with a great deal of negotiations that saw the former Falkirk player leave Hull's pre season training camp in Italy to sign for the club.
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Date:Monday December 31 2007
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