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Swansea City miss out on Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 10, 2017

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Germany centre-back  Holger Badstuber

Germany centre-back Holger Badstuber

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SWANSEA City have seen hopes of signing Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber slip through their grasp as the German defender sealed a loan move to FC Schalke.

New Swansea head coach Paul Clement had named the centre-half as a man he felt could make a difference to the Welsh club's relegation fight.

Clement, 45, had worked with the 27-year-old during his stint as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern, where Badstuber has had to bide his time for first-team action with Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Javi Martinez ahead of him.

But the former Derby coach admitted Swansea's position in the Premier League could make a move hard to pull off with Manchester City also interested in a deal for the Germany international.

READ MORE: Paris Saint-Germain join Chelsea in race to sign Swansea City's Fernando Llorente

In the end that has proved to be the case, with Badstuber opting to remain in his homeland, by making the loan move to 11th-placed Schalke until the end of the season.

Swansea have targeted defensive reinforcements as a priority during the January transfer window, with QPR's Steven Caulker and Barcelona's Aleix Vidal thought to be among the options under consideration.

Other players to be linked with a move to the Liberty include Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll - who, like Caulker, spent a season on-loan at Swansea earlier in his career – is of interest although the Welsh club baulked at a potential £10million asking price.

PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh (centre)

A deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh is understood to have been largely agreed, with Swansea keen to give Clement the chance to have his say on a deal that was put in place prior to his appointment last week.

Swansea have also been linked with a move for Porto striker Moussa Marega, with speculation over Fernando Llorente's future showing no signs of abating.

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The Spaniard played a full part in training on Tuesday as Swansea step up their preparations for the weekend clash with Arsenal, as talk of an impending move to Chelsea — with Michy Batshuayi moving the other way on loan — continues to swirl.

The 31-year-old has scored five goals in his last three home appearances, and French giants PSG are reported to have entered the race for his signature.

Swansea continue to say they have not received any interest for any party for the World Cup winner.

It is thought Swansea would be reluctant to move on Llorente given he has shown some signs of finding form after a difficult start to life in SA1.

There is also the knowledge that any player offered in exchange would need to be given time to settle into their new surroundings, and time is a commodity not in Swansea's favour as they battle to retain their Premier League status.

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  • rayscoops  |  January 11 2017, 11:26PM

    Peter36crc - there are two transfers windows, one in the summer, one now lol. I have explained my opinion below, just scroll down

  • peter36crc  |  January 11 2017, 11:03PM

    Ok clever clogs Ray - I have expressed my opinions on a player that would IMO be good for us at a decent price! You disagree but you have not given one reasonable argument to say why not. We do not play during most of the summer so you are picking at straws just to create another argument. Stick to stirring because you are an expert at it!

  • rayscoops  |  January 11 2017, 10:35PM

    Peter36crc - the PL season starts in August .... umm ... which the last time I checked was ... err ... during the summer ? I have explained already, see below.

  • peter36crc  |  January 11 2017, 10:14PM

    What's the difference Ray? If you say he's good enough to join us in the summer, when we don't actually play football then why not now? Your comments are bordering on the ridiculous now. What my point has been all along, and you agree, is that we do not have the money to bring in big names. We have to look at what is available at what we can afford. We need strengthening in midfield, so my point is there is a good player out there going for a reasonable price that would fit the bill. Far better to get him for 3.5m than Carroll for 8m. But there again you know better so what the point is of debating about players we could get if we tried.

  • rayscoops  |  January 11 2017, 7:15PM

    Peter36crc - I have simply expressed my views on a player that we are not even reported as interested in, and provided reasons why I don't think it would be a good signing at this point in time. If my reasoning in any way belittled you, then it doesn't say much about the suitability of your suggestion. If it was the summer I would agree with you, but not in the circumstances and League position we find ourselves now.

  • peter36crc  |  January 11 2017, 3:13PM

    Back to your old ways Ray - just keep on belittling anyone who has any worthwhile suggestion because you don't like it.

  • rayscoops  |  January 11 2017, 2:54PM

    Peter36crc- Allen is playing in the PL, has 150 PL games, European experience, 30 odd international caps and was named in the 'team of the Euros' & Paul Clement is a ... err ... manager - don't be a silly billy, Lansbury simply doesn't compare with them in the slightest ????

  • peter36crc  |  January 11 2017, 2:34PM

    Ray I watch a lot of football, not just the PL. Friends in Nottingham say he is playing out of his skin at the moment and they know a lot about football. As to your comment about whether things are appropriate or not - only when you want them to be!

  • rayscoops  |  January 11 2017, 12:11PM

    Peter36crc - don't be so defensive, it is just my opinion (and I haven't even seen him play but I must admit to being impressed you watch so many Forest games to form your opinion of him) that I don't think we should be plucking a central midfield playmaker from the Championship to run our midfield in our current situation, and at this point in time. Comparisons with managers, Joe Allen etc are not really appropriate imho.

  • peter36crc  |  January 11 2017, 11:49AM

    Sorry should read PL experience not OK.

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