It was only four years ago that Swansea were promoted to the Premier league, after almost falling out of the football league completely back in 2002 – but they are now a very well-managed club and they have built up an excellent team over the last few years.
Their manager Gary Monk is also one of the up-and-coming managers in England at just 36 years of age.
Watford’s Troy Deeney – in demand
Swansea along with Southampton are two teams who have pulled ahead of Newcastle in building up a good side over the last couple of years, and we only hope that Newcastle can do what Mike Ashley said in his Sky Sports interview on May 24th – that we’ll make our own luck from now on.
Swansea have twice beaten Newcastle to two of our former transfer targets – one was two years ago when the south Wales side signed Wilfried Bony from Vitesse after Newcastle balked at the £12M fee.
Within the last week they pulled off a bit of coup be signing Andre Ayew from Marseilles, the Ghanaian International winger, who we had been interested in signing for over two years.
And only last summer they beat us to Atletico Madrid center-back Toby Alderweireld for a season long loan.
So we haven’t done all that well when competing with Swansea for players in the transfer market – and therefore it’s not good news that Swansea are now after Watford striker Troy Deeney who is worth anything from £5M to £10M according to recent reports.
Newcastle are trying to bring in two strikers this summer, and if we can do that the club will cash in on Papiss Cisse, and we’ve also been linked with players like Charlie Austin, Bas Dost, Saido Berahino and Patrick Bamford.
If we were to hazard a guess it looks like Charlie Austin and Bas Dost are the two main targets we want to sign, but there are also secondary targets, and Troy is probably one of those.
It may be difficult for any club to get Deeney this summer, since Watford will want to hold onto their top striker, and last season they put a massive £15M fee on his head.
The news is that Swansea are interested in signing Deeney to join Bafe Gomis as the two strikers at the Liberty Stadium – and Bafe was another player Swansea signed who was our top target a couple of years ago, but we balked at his wages and Swansea signed him last summer.
Troy Deeney scored 21 goals in 43 appearances for Watford in their promotion winning season, and we think he would be a decent signing for Newcastle.