Here’s your round-up of all the latest transfer headlines from the Liberty Stadium for Wednesday, August 4.
Swans eyeing Laird
Russell Martin is reportedly keen to make Manchester United teenager Ethan Laird his first Swansea City signing.
The highly-rated 19-year-old played under Martin at MK Dons, and proved a big hit, having previously made two senior appearances for United during their 2019 Europa League campaign.
And, according to Team Talk, Martin is keen on taking the right back with him to south Wales.
Laird himself is still recovering from an injury picked up while in action for the Dons, but is believed to be closing in on a return to full fitness.
United were said to be considering their options on what to do next with the talented youngster, but it seems they have now decided on sending him to the Championship for a potential reunion with his former boss.
READ MORE: The inside track on Russell Martin
Byers sends message to Jack Army
Former Swansea City midfielder George Byers has posted an emotional farewell message to Swans fans after completing his move to Sheffield Wednesday.
The 25-year-old, who spent much of last season on loan at Portsmouth, completed a switch to Hillsborough on Tuesday, bringing a five-year spell in SA1 to an end and, while admitting he’s looking forward to the challenge ahead, he was clearly keen to pay tribute to members of the Jack Army.
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Taking to Instagram, the midfielder posted the following message: “After five years it’s time to move on. Couldn’t tell you how much I loved playing for this club! Injuries set me back which was really frustrating, but that’s football. It’s a shame it has come to an end, but I had to ultimately do what was best for me and my family and move on.
“I’ve had some unbelievable memories and met some great people along my journey.
“My daughter was born in this city so it will forever have a place in my heart!
“I want to personally thank the Jack Army for always supporting me, I always felt your love whilst wearing your shirt.
“I came here a boy and I leave a man. I wish all the players and new staff all the very best for the future. I’m sure we’ll cross paths again one day.”
Bannan speaks out on future
Barry Bannan insists he’s keen to stay with the Owls, despite their relegation to League One.
The midfielder has been linked with Swansea City recently, but seems focused on helping his current employers battle back to the second tier after a torrid campaign last term.
In an interview with the Sheffield Star, he said: “Yeah, I’m sure I’ll be here (at the end of the summer window). I’ve got a job to do in getting the team back to the Championship, and I’m looking forward to doing that.
“I’ve been the leader of the team, I’ve been here for so long, and getting relegated is never nice – especially in my first season as captain.”
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