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Garry Monk eyes three more signings as clock ticks down on transfer window

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

Swansea have made a move for Benjamin Stambouli, but he is being tipped to join Fiorentina.

Swansea have made a move for Benjamin Stambouli, but he is being tipped to join Fiorentina.

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GARRY Monk wants three new signings before the transfer window closes in ten days' time.

The Swansea City manager this week landed his seventh new face of the summer after completing an £8 million deal for Federico Fernandez, who could be involved against Burnley tomorrow if international clearance is received in time.

But Monk said: "If you look at the numbers in the squad, we are still two or three down on last year. We had 25 or 26 senior pros last season, and at the moment I have five or six under-21s in my squad.

"We have to add quality and that's what I'm trying to do."

Swansea have made a move for Montpellier's Benjamin Stambouli, while Costa Rican World Cup midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda is also thought to have been discussed. Jack Cork is another name on the radar — and there are thought to be others. Stambouli was last night being tipped to join Fiorentina — though Marseille are also keen — while Evian are favourites to get Tejeda.

Monk refused to discuss any names yesterday, but admitted: "We've talked about a midfielder.

"Neil Taylor is the only senior left-back we have, and then possibly one more attacking player.

"We have to try to be clever with the deals. We did a swap involving Gylfi (Sigurdsson) and Ben (Davies), and sometimes you have to sacrifice in one area to get something somewhere else. It's been a mammoth effort from myself and the chairman to change the squad round this summer, moving players out to get players in and working within our budget.

"At this moment I think we have worked it very well. We've done a lot of analysis and background checks, and I think the players we've brought in are better than the ones we've lost."

Monk is delighted to have secured Fernandez, who replaces Chico Flores.

"He is an Argentinian international who has just been to the World Cup and has played at a high level for Napoli," he said. "It might be a big fee in terms of this club, but for me it's a good deal for a player of his calibre."

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