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Brendan hoping to take new keeper to Austria

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 18, 2011

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BRENDAN Rodgers hopes to have a new goalkeeper on board by the time Swansea City leave to continue pre-season preparations in Austria next Sunday.

Swansea will spend seven days away as they build up for their Premier League opener with Manchester City on August 15.

And Rodgers is optimistic a new stopper will be part of his travelling squad as he aims to plug the hole left by Dorus de Vries's departure to Wolves.

Jose Moreira has already arrived from Benfica, but Yves Ma-Kalambay has left the club and David Cornell is set to be sent out on loan.

Lee Camp is one of the latest names to be linked to the Liberty, and while Rodgers distanced himself from the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper, he admitted someone could arrive soon.

"Lee Camp is a top player who's gone on to be Northern Ireland's No.1, but I don't want to speculate about a guy that's already signed with another club.

"I'm talking to other clubs. I would like to have something in place before next weekend, that would be the ideal.

"But with the way we play it's important we get the right player for our system.

"But I'm very confident the one we do get will be able to help the team to continue to play as we do."

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  • Bellajack  |  July 19 2011, 8:04PM

    PaulStuart - Thank goodness you are able to advise BR and HJ

  • PaulStuart  |  July 19 2011, 5:19PM

    Harper, The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there. We are now in the Premiership and if we want to stay there we need a quality keeper. With the money now available this is the key position we need to fill. Where do you find a hungry young keeperwith sound technical ability? Dream on. By the way Given had signed after I wrote my posting. We need to re think our usual transfer policy in this case, successful as it has been to date. I'm a great fan of BR and HJ but this is too important to get wrong.

  • Harper280481  |  July 18 2011, 11:04PM

    I think you need to get real. Shay Given? Not only has he joined Villa today, but in any case his wages would be far beyond what Swansea could afford. As per our usual transfer policy, we need hungry young players with sound technical ability and a good resale value. Camp and Stockdale both fit the bill. Whether we get them is another thing entirely.

  • PaulStuart  |  July 18 2011, 5:39PM

    No. 1 priority for a keeper is to stop the ball going into the net. Full stop, end of story. Then think about how we play and distribution. We'll get hammered next season unless we have a quality keeper. All of those corners and set pieces leave us terribly exposed at the back. Come on BR get real. Shay Given?