After a strong start to the season, Swansea have fallen sharply down the Premier League Table.
With just three losses after the first ten league games, they were seen as potential challengers for the Europa League places. Bafetimbi Gomis was scoring goals and new signing Andre Ayew looking a constant threat in midfield.
However since then, fortunes have changed for the Welsh club; manager Garry Monk has been fired and they find themselves two points above the relegation zone heading into the new year.
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Going into January of course, means the transfer window is open, and it is one which could see a few in's and out's at Swansea. One signing that is a must for the club is a manager.
Alan Curtis has been in temporary charge and has won one, drawn two and lost two in his four games in charge.
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There are many candidates for the job; Brendan Rodgers - who got Swansea promoted to the Premier League in 2011 - was the initial favourite after being sacked by Liverpool earlier this season. David Moyes was the other name suggested, who has experience of managing an ambitious mid-table side at Everton and recently left Real Sociedad in Spain.
Both would be good choices as manager, but it isn't simply a case of rebuilding confidence in the dressing room, whoever comes in needs to strengthen the squad.
To make matter worse, Gomis is rumoured to be leaving the club this month.
He previously stated his desire to leave the club in January of last year but, after the departure of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, he became first choice striker and found some good form at the start of the season.
Since then he has faded and Qatari club Lekhwiya are reportedly lining up a £6.5 million bid. The issue for Swansea is they need to add to their strikeforce before selling key members of it.
They have been woeful up front this season, with just 17 goals, only Aston Villa have scored fewer than them. If they want to rise up the table again they have to add a new striker to their squad. But who do they bring in?
The Daily Mail believe Swansea are pushing for a loan deal for Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford, who recently ended his loan spell at Crystal Palace after playing just 119 minutes so far this season.
Whilst this could be a good signing for the Swans, he is only 22-years-old and unproven in the Premier League. At this stage of the season it would be a gamble to play him as the first choice striker and by the same token Bamford has already shown he wouldn't be content as a bit-part player.
Another player linked with Swansea on loan is Chelsea outcast, Loic Remy. The 28-year-old has made just seven league appearances this season and could be willing to join Swansea in order to improve his game time.
Remy is a proven goalscorer in England, having previously shone at QPR and Newcastle, with a combined 20 goals in 42 league appearances. A ratio of a goal every two games would please Swansea and certainly help them rise up the table.
A third striker linked with Swansea is QPR's Charlie Austin. Since rejecting multiple chances to move clubs since January of last year, Austin has been linked with almost every team in the league.
With 18 goals in 35 games last season, Austin proved he can score crucial goals, and would be a vital player for the Swans.
Before they sign any reinforcements, Swansea's priority must regard finding a manager, but with players such as Jonjo Shelvey rumoured to be departing, the managerial position looks a tough job for whoever takes it on.
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