Swans chasing Boro skipper

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Swansea are chasing Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates, with the club hoping to build a squad that has enough depth to outlast the season.

Swansea were promoted to the Barclays Premier League after defeating Reading 4-2 in the play-off final, becoming the first Welsh side to feature in the league since it’s formation in 1992.

Since the securing a passage into the top-flight, Rodgers has confirmed six signings so far, including Dutch keeper Michel Vorm, Newcastle midfielder Wayne Routledge, Portuguese keeper Jose Moreira, Watford forward Danny Graham, and Tottenham defender Steven Caulker on loan.

Rodgers has also signed Middlesbrough forward Leroy Lita for a reported fee of £1.7 million, but the manager is not done raiding the npower Championship club yet, and has admitted to making enquiries about Bates.

"It's different in the Premier League,” Rodgers said.

“Once you name your squad, that's you then through to January, so we have to make sure we've got enough quality players and enough reinforcements in the squad.

"I spoke to Tony Mowbray about Matthew, on his availability and where he was at.”


Bates has had continual problems with injuries, particularly suffering ongoing problems with his knee, but Rodgers is confident that if a deal can be worked out for the Englishman, he can build on a successful comeback season.

"Matthew had a horrendous period with injuries but last year he did exceptionally well and was captain of a fantastic club,” Rodgers added.

"There's a number of players that we're looking at but I won't be in a rush, just like I haven't been for a goalkeeper.

"I want the right type that suits the way we play and also has the motivation and ambition to want to come to a fantastic club like Swansea."

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