Keeper dilemma for Swansea and Fulham

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Newly-promoted Swansea have confirmed they have enquired about the availability of Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, and are in talks with the London club about a possible move for the 25-year-old.

Following Dorus de Vries' departure to join Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, Swans have been on the look-out for a new shot-stopper for their debut season in the Barclays Premier League, and Stockdale fits the bill.

The former York keeper, who has had loan spells with Leicester and Plymouth in the past, may consider another temporary move, as he will again start the season as number two to Mark Schwarzer.

But if manager Martin Jol did agree to Stockdale going to the Liberty on loan it would leave him with the dilemma of finding another understudy to Schwarzer.

A Swansea spokesman said: “We have made an enquiry for David Stockdale and are in discussions with Fulham, but he is only one of a number of goalkeeping options we are looking at.”


Despite only a limited amount of first team action at Craven Cottage, Fabio Capello has seen plenty of potential in Stockdale, and rewarded him with a call-up to the England squad for the friendly with Denmark in February.

Jol says: “Mark Schwarzer is a great goalkeeper, one of the best I’ve seen, the No. 1. So, the only discussion we’ve got with the player is should he play, should he go on loan somewhere, or do you want to keep him as a No. 2?

“If you make a decision to put him on loan then you need another goalkeeper, a No. 2 at the club.”

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