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Swansea City transfer news: Swans, Stoke City and Bournemouth in Man City star chase, QPR boss comments on Watford links and Russell Martin ready with bids

This is the latest transfer news, views and gossip from the Swansea.com Stadium and beyond.

Swans one of 10 sides linked with Roberts

Swansea City are one of 10 teams linked with the Manchester City playmaker Patrick Roberts.

Sky Sports are reporting that City will let the midfielder leave for free before the August 31 deadline.

Championship rivals Blackburn, Bournemouth and Stoke all want to sign the winger.

St Etienne and Troyes in France, FC Koln, Hamburg, Arminia Bielefeld and Greuther Furth in Germany and one club in Portugal are also keen.

Roberts, 24, has spent most of his time away from the Etihad on loan, with spells at Celtic and Middlesbrough the standout stints.

Swansea head coach Russell Martin would like to add to his attacking department before the transfer window closes on Tuesday at 11pm.

Roberts has one year to go on his City contract.

READ MORE: Russell Martin’s brutally honest assessment of Preston defeat and the transfer ‘chaos’ that lies ahead for Swansea City

Warburton dodges Gray links

QPR boss Mark Warburton refused to be drawn on The Hoops’ links with Watford striker Andre Gray.

The former Burnley frontman could leave during the window, with the Hornets keen to cut ties with Gray, who has fallen off the radar at Vicarage Road.

Swansea have been mentioned as admirers, with Martin admitting his fondness for the player, but Gray’s huge wages would likely scupper any move for the 30-year-old.

QPR are also interested but Warburton dodged questions when asked about Gray on Saturday.

He said : “Teams know we want to play football, and they are going to try and stop us playing football. We need to have that outlet of pace and power in behind, so if that opportunity arises then we’ll move, if we can, obviously within the confines of the budget.

“We’ve had a really good transfer window, we’ve done a lot of good business early, but if another opportunity arises, in the next three days or something, then hopefully we can make that move.”

Asked about Gray specifically, Warburton added: “I’m never going to talk about another player and another club’s player. We’ve got to look at what options are available.

“The last two days of the window, you’ve seen already, there’s some staggering moves going ahead, some staggering amounts being paid, and that filters down the pyramid. At the same time, it means a lot of the smaller clubs are having to feel the implications of that.

“Three days [remaining], let’s see what comes available.”

Martin: We are ready for bids

Swans head coach Martin says the next few days are likely to be chaos but says the club are prepared for bids for their players and for possible targets.

We are approaching the last 48 hours of the transfer window, with Martin predicting turbulence ahead.

“We’re going to be working hard, and hopefully we’ll have something to announce by the end of it,” he added.

“The guys just need a little bit of help in a few areas. We’ve been working really hard to try and add people so we’ll just have to wait and see.

“I know a couple of positions I’d like to add some quality in but I’ll tell you if I’m happy after Tuesday.

“Things change very quickly in the transfer window. We have three days of chaos I’m sure in a market that’s been really slow and will probably come to life.

“But we’re ready for any bids for our players and we’re also ready to go with ones we’re looking to add.”

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Bidwell: We’ll improve

Middlesbrough target Jake Bidwell says Swansea will be a better outfit after the international break.

Swansea went down 3-1 to Preston at Deepdale on Saturday, despite taking the lead through Joel Piroe. It brought to an end a brutal run of opening fixtures for the Swans – seven games in 21 days.

Neil Warnock has been keeping tabs on the full-back but his comments post-Preston didn’t suggest he was going anywhere anytime soon.

“It was obviously disappointing to go 1-0 up and concede straight after,” he said.

“We probably didn’t really get going again after that to be honest. It was a disappointing afternoon but we’re coming to the end of a tough run of fixtures now.

“This period has been a sort of pre-season period for us really with the manager and obviously trying to pick up points at the same time.

“The international break gives us a chance to reset and get to grips with his ideas even more over the next two weeks. Hopefully we’ll come back stronger after the break.

“It’s not been ideal, there’s been a lot of things mixed together – the schedule, a new manager coming in, the COVID situation and we haven’t really had time on the training pitches.

“The next couple of weeks gives us a chance to do some ground work really and we will come back stronger after the break.

“I think the fans can see what we’re trying to do, and I’m pretty sure that we’re going to go from strength to strength with it.

“Once we get it right it’s going to be enjoyable for them so it’s just down to us to take the ideas on board and just put them into practice.”

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