Swans boss still searching for new No.1

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It has been a strange few weeks for Brendan Rodgers and Swansea City, with star

performers Dorus de Vries and Darren Pratley both deciding to leave the Liberty Stadium - despite promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Rodgers was well aware he would have to make a concerted effort to reinforce his squad this summer but, perhaps, did not expect he would have to replace his No.1 goalkeeper.

That is, however, the dilemma facing the Swans boss and - if reports are to believed - Rodgers has identified Fulham shot-stopper David Stockdale as the man to replace De Vries.

Jose Moreira has already been recruited from Benfica by the former Reading supremo, but it would appear Rodgers is keen to create a competitive environment at the Liberty.


According to BBC Wales Sport, the Cottagers have rejected an offer of £2 million from the top-flight new boys for Stockdale, who finds himself behind Mark Schwarzer in the pecking order at Craven Cottage.

And, although the west London side are not interested in selling the 25-year-old, new boss Martin Jol has previously stated that he would consider letting Stockdale leave on loan.

This would suit the former Darlington gloveman - who just wants to play football - and a move to south-west Wales would be particularly appealing.

"What a club to go to," said Stockdale when asked by Sky Sports News about a potential move. "They've just come up. It would suit me down to the ground."

Meanwhile, Swansea have also made a move for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge, a club representative today confirmed.

A Swansea spokesman told BBC Wales Sport: "We have expressed an interest in Routledge and are in discussions with Newcastle."

It is reported that on offer of £1.5 million has been made for the 26-year-old, who is also said to be interesting Nottingham Forest.

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