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Brendan Rodgers: A further move is possible for Swans

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 26, 2012

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BRENDAN Rodgers will not rule out another move in the January transfer window — but may have to wait for the players he wants.

Rodgers is happy with his business to date this month having landed top targets Josh McEachran and Gylfi Sigurdsson on loan.

The Swansea City boss has also added youngsters Rory Donnelly and Darnel Situ to his squad, while as yet there has been no sign of any of his star men departing.

Rodgers remains keen to bolster his squad further, but concedes that Swansea's next significant signing may not arrive until the end of the season.

"I think in terms of exactly what I need, I probably won't be able to influence that until the summer," he said.

"There are certain areas I would like to strengthen, but I cannot see the ability for us to strengthen with the right players being there for us in January.

"I will have another meeting with the chairman and discuss things, but I think most of our work is done for this month."

Rodgers has a number of high-calibre options in midfield having landed Sigurdsson, Swansea's best player at Sunderland last weekend, and the gifted McEachran, who is tipped to make his first start for the club at Bolton this Saturday.

But Rodgers would like to add to his centre-forward options — hence he registered an interest in Nicky Maynard this month — while another full-back would also be a welcome addition to his squad.

Yet the difficulties of doing deals in the January market mean Swansea are likely to wait until the summer before moving for their next major signing.

"Players cost a lot of money at this time of year, and there's also the question of availability," Rodgers added.

"Clubs do not like to sell in January and players do not usually like to move at this time of year unless it is on a loan deal.

"If there's anything that does come up over the next few days then we will look at it, but we are just keeping our eye out at the moment — we are window shopping, you could say.

"The important thing is that I have got great confidence in the players I already have here."

Swansea have insisted all along that they are not interested in selling any of their front-line players this month despite speculation linking the likes of Joe Allen, Ashley Williams and Scott Sinclair with other clubs.

Fringe men David Cotterill, Craig Beattie and Tom Butler have all departed in the last couple of weeks, and it could be that another player on the periphery right now departs before the transfer window closes at 11pm on January 31.

Stephen Dobbie has been linked with the likes of Blackpool and Bristol City, but it remains to be seen whether Swansea will let the forward go.

Rodgers could decide to keep hold of Dobbie having stressed the need to make sure he has enough options as Swansea prepare for the key stage in their Premier League survival bid.

"The one thing I have learned in my short time as a Premier League manager is that you need players there and ready to come into the side because you cannot bring anyone in on loan," he said.

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