Swansea’s bid to sign Marvin Emnes looks to be back on track after the winger pulled out of Middlesbrough’s pre-season tour, and the Dutchman declared he would love to go back to the Liberty.
Boro had so far been stubborn about Emnes leaving the club, with boss Tony Mowbray saying that Swansea would have to make a serious offer for any deal to go through. However, the latest turn of events could well be a sign that talks are reaching a conclusion.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins described the ongoing disagreement between the clubs last week.
He said: "We had initial discussions with Middlesbrough a few weeks back but the figures quoted were a lot different from what we think the values are. Things can change in football, and things could change for Middlesbrough or for us.
"All I would say is that at the moment, Brendan (Rodgers) is talking to different people and I am talking to different people to see what is out there."
The Dutch winger became a Swans favourite after a successful but short loan spell at the club at the end of 2010, and the Swans have been linked with the pacy winger ever since.
After his time at Liberty Stadium, Emnes said: "It feels great to be a Swansea hero. Things have gone well for me. I’ve settled into the team and got my goals, but my contract is with Middlesbrough so I have to go back to the Riverside.
“It’s a bit sad that I have to go back because of that, but the situation is different at Boro, so we will see what happens and whether I get a chance.
“If not, perhaps I can go on loan again. It would be nice to come back to Swansea if that’s the case.”
Boro manager Mowbray has continued to be stern about any potential move, despite the clubs spiralling wage coste.
He said: “If Swansea are interested in one of our players then they have to make what I consider to be a serious offer.
“We don’t need to do this or that, we will get on with it if it’s the squad we have in August. There is no fire-sale here.”