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Swansea City transfers: Leeds United told to sign Celtic target, Swans ‘in talks’ over Bristol City man and why West Brom overlooked Steve Cooper

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Swans ‘in talks’ over Bristol City man

Football Insider are reporting that Swansea are ‘in talks’ to sign Bristol City midfielder Liam Walsh. Gist Vile previously reported that Swansea held an interest in the Liverpool-born man.

The 23-year-old has endured an injury-hit campaign with the Robins, featuring just three times.

He is set to be released upon the conclusion of his contract at the end of the month, meaning he would be a cost effective acquisition for Swansea.

The same publication report that there is likely to competition for his signature.

Swansea have seen loan man Conor Hourihane return to parent club Aston Villa after his six-month deal expired.

Why West Brom overlooked Cooper

West Brom are closing in on appointing David Wagner as their new manager.

The relegated side parted company with Sam Allardyce upon the conclusion of their top-flight campaign.

Chris Wilder, the former Sheffield United boss, was in the frame to land the Baggies job but their China-based owners overruled a deal for him.

According to the Telegraph, owner Guochuan Lai was keen to appoint a manager who would not cost them a compensation fee – therefore ruling out Steve Cooper, Barnsley’s Valerien Ismael and Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton.

Last month it was reported in the national press that any team wanting to prise Cooper away from SA1 would have to cough up £4.5million for the head coach and his staff.

Crystal Palace remain on the hunt for a new manager after talks with Nuno Espirito Santo came to a standstill.

Cooper has since been installed as favourite for the Selhurst Park job.

Leeds United told to sign Ayew

Carlton Palmer has told former club Leeds United to sign Andre Ayew this summer.

Free agent Ayew saw his Swans contract come to an end this month, with the 31-year-old now mulling over his next move.

He won’t be short of takers due to his status, with Celtic already in the mix for his signature.

But Palmer has urged Marcelo Bielsa – who worked with Ayew at Marseille – to bring in the Ghana captain.

Palmer said : “Swansea have only let him go because they didn’t get promoted and he’s their highest-paid player.

“Seventeen goals in the Championship, 16 goals the season before stands to reason that he will go up and score goals in the Premier League. If he weighs in with 10 or 12 goals for you, and you take him on a free, that could be some good business.”

John closing in on Bolton deal

Bolton manager Ian Evatt is confident the Trotters can wrap up a deal for Declan John this week.

Left-back John is a free agent, with Swansea confirming he would leave the Liberty club last Friday.

John spent the second half of last season on loan with the northerners, and Evatt is hoping John’s experience there will help them get a deal across the line.

Evatt said : “There is a willingness from both parties to make the deal happen. The deal isn’t quite there yet but we’re confident we can do it and hopeful that Dec enjoyed his time and wants to come back and enjoy some more time.

“Fingers crossed there will be some good news on that front this week.

“The bonus for us is that we’re now a League One club, that’s huge, and in this division we are still a big club. That goes for us.

“Dec has obviously felt and seen a lot of love from the supporters and that is important, to go somewhere they are wanted, and feel wanted, feel appreciated.

“He lost his way for a couple of years at Swansea but wanted to enjoy his football again. We gave him the platform and hopefully that will be enough to get him back next season.”

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