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The ‘certain level of investment’ needed to clinch Matt O’Riley transfer as Russell Martin delivers update on Swansea City exits

Russell Martin admits it would take “a certain level of investment” for a club to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons.

The Swans are firmly interested in a move for the midfielder – who established himself as a key player at Stadium MK under Martin.

Gist Vile revealed earlier this week that the Swans remain keen on a swoop for the 21-year-old, although funds would need to be raised in a bid to finance any potential deal.

And Martin says the Swans are in a different position financially at present compared to how they have been previously in the Championship.

“Matt O’Riley is a fantastic player but he’s an MK Dons player. He would be a permanent addition that would take a certain level of investment for him to become a player away from MK Dons,” said the head coach.

“Before we do any business, especially permanently, it will take investment coming in.

“The club is in a very different position financially than it has been for the last, however long, and we have to respect that and make sure that we’re planning accordingly.

“But I don’t want to comment on any individual players. He’s a guy I’ve got a lot of respect for as a player and a person.

“I wish him nothing but success in his career. He’s having a fantastic season and lucky for MK Dons they have a player with so much ability.”

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Yan Dhanda, Jay Fulton and Jake Bidwell are among the first-team players who could yet leave Swansea this month.

Morgan Whittaker, Steven Benda and Liam Cullen have all left on loan while young guns Dan Williams and Lewis Webb are poised to join Dundalk and Shelbourne respectively.

It comes after Ethan Laird was recalled by Manchester United before being sent back out on loan to Bournemouth.

And Martin admits further members of his squad are edging closer to the exit door.

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“We’ve got a couple of people who are getting closer to being satisfied with the options they have, a couple of players who have rejected moves away because they’re not satisfied with what’s on offer. That changes constantly,” he explained.

“It’s a really difficult time for players. The uncertainty makes a manager’s job harder and a player’s life harder. I just want to get through it as quickly as we can.”

The transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday, January 31.

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