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Swansea City hopeful of late swoop for Dutch ace Jerson Cabral

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 31, 2012

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SWANSEA City could conclude their summer transfer business before tonight’s 11pm deadline by signing Jerson Cabral.

Swansea had been pursuing Marvin Emnes but have now turned their attention to another Dutch forward, Feyenoord starlet Cabral.

The 21-year-old has reportedly been watched by a number of Premier League clubs in recent months, with Spurs and Newcastle both mentioned as admirers.

But Swansea are working on a last-minute swoop for the Dutch Under-21 international, who has made more than 50 appearances for Feyenoord after coming through the youth ranks at the club.

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He could arrive at the Liberty for something in the region of £1.25 million.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins revealed Emnes was on a list of possible targets at the Liberty earlier in the week.

But after sealing a £5.5 million deal for Pablo Hernandez, it seems Michael Laudrup has shelved plans to add Emnes to his squad because of the asking price.

Boro are thought to want at least £5 million for Emnes.

And though there was talk at one stage of Stephen Dobbie moving to the Riverside in part exchange, Swansea have now turned their attention elsewhere.

“We may make one more signing,” Jenkins told the Post last night, “but it will not be Marvin Emnes.

“There have been a lot of possibilities mentioned and he was one of them.”

Swansea have also been linked with yet another move in the Spanish market, with Getafe winger Diego Castro and Espanyol forward Alvaro Vazquez among the names who have been mentioned.

Swansea have a long-standing interest Bristol City winger Albert Adomah, but it appears he will not be heading for Wales today.

Dobbie could yet end up at Ashton Gate, with City understood to be one of a number of Championship clubs interested in the Scot.

Leroy Lita also looks to be heading for the Liberty exit door, with Crystal Palace favourites to take him on loan.

Blackburn have been linked with Luke Moore, but he seems unlikely to move on given that he is close to the Swansea first team.

Two players who are definitely heading out are Andrea Orlandi, who is heading for Brighton, and Swindon-bound Fede Bessone.

Both players cancelled their contracts at Swansea, freeing them to join their new clubs.

Midfielder Orlandi leaves after scoring three goals in 90 appearances since joining Swansea back in 2007.

And Bessone departs the Liberty for a second time having made only two appearances since rejoining the club for a second time 12 months ago.

Swansea, meantime, may fail in their attempt to add promising Crewe skipper Ashley Westwood to their development squad.

Swansea had targeted the 22-year-old midfielder but he could leave the Alex for another club where he is more likely to get game-time, with Blackpool one of those said to be interested.

“We have been talking to Crewe but I don’t know whether that one will come off,” Jenkins said.

“We have discussed all angles on it. The boy has got other options and some players weigh up whether they are going to play regularly or not before deciding what they will do.”

Swansea expect their season-long loan move for Israeli frontman Itay Shechter to be rubber-stamped before tonight’s deadline after complications with the paperwork.

If the likes of Dobbie and Lita do not move on today, they could depart when the emergency loan window opens in the Football League in a week’s time.

Club skipper Garry Monk, who is currently struggling with a back injury, could also depart for Bristol City then.

Gareth Vincent

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  • valleyswan  |  September 02 2012, 3:34PM

    The new official web site can be infuriating at times- most times in fact, and I would be pleased if someone could sort it out. As for thre summer signings, I think they have been hugely successful, and the style of play bodes well for the season. So thank you Huw Jenkins for once again delivering an inspired choice as a manager, and thank you Michael Laudrup for the quality of the players that you have persuaded to join us, none of whom, in my opinion, would have joined if it were not for your stature in the world of football. Finally, and most importantly really, may I wish Neil Taylor a full recovery from the horrendous injury sustained yesterday, although unfortunately it will take a very long time. I think everyone will want to add to those good wishes.

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  • brochadav  |  September 01 2012, 10:04AM

    I also dislike the new version of the official site. Agree with all that's been said. This transfer window has been incredible, we have a stronger squad and have actually made a profit too. That means there is still money available to strengthen in January, if we need too. An excellent job has been done by our board and manager.

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  • Hadoken6773  |  September 01 2012, 12:53AM

    I get all my info from here.... http://tinyurl.com/86858s3 It has everything, for everyone.

  • jc205  |  August 31 2012, 8:25PM

    Good to see so many positive comments, but thank goodness others are complaing about the new official site...thought it was me !!! Huw nd Michael seem to have a very good working relationship,but looking at the buys Mr Laudrup has been shrewd, and despite all the new players we are still well inside the money received for Rogers, Allen and Sinclair . And though we still play the passing game, 42 in one movemnt against West Ham...we have a much more attacking outlook, looking forward to a GREAT season;

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  • PaulStuart  |  August 31 2012, 6:27PM

    Seems to be a great partnership between our manager and chairman with recent signings. Looking forward to the success this will bring.

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  • andyandy11  |  August 31 2012, 5:07PM

    I think FC Twente have signed him...Not 100% sure. Shame if it is the case as he looks a good buy!

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  • charger1977  |  August 31 2012, 4:15PM

    Have to agree with the two previous comments. New website no good. I'm a Swans fan; Born and raised in Texas! I too am getting tired of it and have been looking elswhere for my information. I am enjoying the new season. New signings,new manager,victories= "GO SWANS GO"! BTW my San Antonio Scorpions are in 1st place in NASL league with 5 games to go! Whooo Hooo year round football for me!

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  • cyril392  |  August 31 2012, 1:02PM

    Just a couple of points: 1. Completely agree about the new Web-site - it's far too busy/cluttered; a slightly false move with the mouse results in ending up somewhere you didn't want to be, and with no immediately obvious way of getting (back) to where you want to be. There seems to be a headline page when you first arrive that only stays active for about 5 seconds before you are invited to "Enter the Swans Web-site" - funny, that's what I thought I was trying to do from the outset!!! Being able to use the latest (versions of) Flash, etc doesn't mean that it's compulsory. Bring back the old format - nice and simple to use. The new one might generate more advertising revenue (!); but it's confusing to the point where I'm losing interest, and just switch to Sky or the Beeb. 2. I would also like to see Situ brought closer to the first team squad. He may be young, and "one for the future" whatever that means, but I saw him several times last season and he looked head and shoulders above everyone else on the park. If he's good enough, he's old enough.

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  • DJofTNE  |  August 31 2012, 11:56AM

    Swansea have a long-standing interest Bristol City winger Albert Adomah, but it appears he will not be heading for Wales today. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, you tried your best EP but lets face it, you cant do your own jobs properly never mind be a football agents, take a rest.

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  • DanEGraig  |  August 31 2012, 10:46AM

    Just what has happened to the Swansea City offical web site, in my opinion it is now a complete mess with too much "fancy feature", strange drop down lists and old information. Last night my expensive computer could not run the Michael Laudrup interview. The close season upgrade to the web site may work well on some computers, but it is not really "premier league". Not every one has an i-player or the time to wait for downloads of videos and some employers do not allow staff to run flash player type files on work computers. In the working day we just want a simple news section, so we can quickly check in and find out what is happening with the team and tickets, travel for the next match etc. There is so much rubbish speculation in the press and on radio and most of us prefer to get the real news from the club. Come on HJ, spend a few bob on the web site, we need it to be our mouthpiece in Denmark, Spain and Korea. You are not even getting to Dannygraig at the moment !

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