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Swansea City transfers: Crystal Palace ‘on the verge’ of new boss as Cooper drops hint on future and latest in chase for Liverpool star

Here is the latest Swansea City transfer news and gossip for Tuesday, June 8.

Palace on the verge of confirming Nuno

Crystal Palace are reportedly on the verge of confirming Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the former Wolves boss is now in advanced talks over a deal to replace Roy Hodgson, who left the club at the end of last season.

The same report claims Nuno could be unveiled later this week, with talks believed to have made significant progress.

Should the former Porto boss be confirmed as Eagles boss, it will likely signal the end over speculation over Steve Cooper’s future at Swansea City.

Cooper was understood to be in the mix to take over in South London, with some sources even suggesting he was, at one stage, in the final two candidates under consideration, along with former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

However, the sudden availability of Nuno and Eddie Howe this summer is believed to have caused Palace to think again.

Nuno was also understood to have held initial discussions with Everton, who are on the hunt for a new manager themselves after the surprise departure of Carlo Ancelotti.

However, it seems Palace have now won the race to make the 47-year-old their next boss.

Cooper drops hint on Swansea stay

To perhaps further ease any concerns, Cooper has hinted that he is ready to lead the Swans into another campaign next season.

The former England under-17s boss has guided the Swans to the Championship play-offs in both of his two seasons at the helm, with the second bid ending in a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford.

However, reflecting on the recent campaign, he insists he’s ready to go again next term.

He told the club’s official website: “After the final I was even more proud of the players than I was before. They were 2-0 down on a big stage and they never gave up.

“I have said it all along this season, with the squad we have had and in this season of all seasons the players deserve that credit. They certainly get it from me.

“When you lose a final, it is hard to feel like you have had a really good season. We have had a really good season, but we will have to come again.”

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Former target potentially available again

Swansea could have another chance to sign Southampton striker Michael Obafemi this summer.

The Swans came close to adding the Irish forward to their ranks back in the January window, a six-month loan deal essentially agreed with Southampton.

However, the move was scuppered at the eleventh hour after Obafemi sustained a serious muscle injury in training and was forced to undergo surgery.

Obafemi is now back to full fitness ahead of pre-season training, but may well find himself down the pecking order at St Mary’s, with HampshireLive reporting that boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is likely to be in the market for a striker this summer.

It’s not yet clear if Swansea would be interested, although a striker does seem to be at the top of the wishlist.

Frenchman Thomas Henry is one player they like, but the finances involved in bringing the 21-goal star to the club could be beyond the Swans’ capabilities this summer.

Klopp set to keep hold of Neco

Jurgen Klopp will want to keep hold of Neco Williams this summer despite alleged interest from Swansea City, according to Reds correspondent Paul Gorst.

Reports over the weekend tipped Swansea, and bitter rivals Cardiff City, were among a clutch of clubs potentially interested in a move for the full-back, who’s currently with the rest of the Wales squad as they continue preparations for the upcoming Euro 2020 campaign.

However, it seems Klopp will likely want to keep the 20-year-old at Anfield this summer and considers him a more than capable deputy should Trent Alexander-Arnold hit more injury woe next season.

“Both [Swansea and Cardiff] have good relationships with Liverpool, I believe,” Gorst told Gist Vile.

“Particularly Cardiff, who have taken both Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic in recent years.

“I think Jurgen Klopp will be keen to retain Williams, however.

“He is a solid deputy to Alexander-Arnold and allowing him to leave on loan only leaves the Reds’ squad short of a secondary right-back.

“Given the upheaval we’ve seen inside Liverpool’s defensive ranks this past year or so, letting Williams go out on loan only adds to that. I am confident with a fully fit centre-back department to choose from next season we will see more of Williams in a Liverpool first team.”

Read our full Q&A with Paul Gorst here.

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