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Swansea City Transfer Rumours: 5 January Transfer Targets for the Swans

Elliot BusbyContributor IIDecember 7, 2011

Swansea City Transfer Rumours: 5 January Transfer Targets for the Swans

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    The January transfer window is always a busy time in the Premier League, with clubs frantically signing players to deal with injury worries or trying to lift their domestic campaign.

    With the loss of full-back Angel Rangel and striker Danny Graham to injury, it looks likely that Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will be forced into signing replacements.

    However, Rodgers has stated that they will only sign players he believes to be the right ones, and will not 'panic buy.'

    "We are looking to identify targets to keep us strong. To give us the opportunity to stay in the league, I feel we need between four to six players just to ensure that we keep our strength and our depth," Rodgers told the Dailymail.co.uk.

    Read on to find out five of the Swans targets.

Rory Donnelly

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    A number of English teams are monitoring the status of young Northern Irishman Rory Donnelly, according to Skysports.com.

    Donnelly has been attracting interest from a number of English clubs, and Swansea appear to be leading the charge for his signature.

    The 19-year-old Northern Irishman has scored 12 goals in 16 league appearances this season and a January move looks to be on the card.

    Capped at the under-21 level, Donnelly is widely considered to be one of the most promising players to emerge in recent years.

    Reports suggest that Peterborough and Brentford have already made bids to Cliftonville, while Sunderland, Birmingham and Burnley are monitoring the situation.

    Swans boss Brendan Rodgers recently traveled to his native Northern Ireland to watch the youngster and has sanctioned an approach for the player.

Nikica Jelavic

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    According to Talksport.net, Leicester and Swansea are to go head-to-head in January to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

    Jelavic, who signed from Rapid Vienna for £4 million in August 2010, has lit up the SPL with his performances.

    With 26 goals in 39 matches, it is not surprising that he is attracting interest from teams south of the border.

    The Rangers' board rejected a £6 million bid in the summer, and reportedly turned down a £9 million deadline day offer from an unnamed English club.

    However, with Rangers' financial future in doubt, a similar bid in January could see the Croat make the move to the premiership.

    Brendan Rodgers is keen to add more firepower to his squad in the window, and rumours are that he sees Jelavic as the perfect front man for his passing side.

    As it seems Leicester will be the Swans' only competition for his signature, Rodgers will be feeling confident he can snap him up in January.

Jonathan Soriano

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    Footylatest.com are reporting that both QPR and Swansea are interested in signing Barcelona B striker Jonathan Soriano in January.

    Soriano has plied his trade away from the limelight for most of his career, but a move to the English Premiership looks imminent.

    The 26-year-old forward has enjoyed a fruitful spell in the second tier of Spanish football with Barcelona B, netting 54 times in 74 appearances since signing in 2009.

    The Spaniard has also represented his nation at every youth level, including an impressive record of eight goals in four matches for the under-21s.

    QPR are thought to be the favourites to sign the player, but Swansea boss Rodgers has reportedly sent scouts out to Catalonia to watch the player in action.

    Soriano's contract expires in the summer, and Barcelona are keen to offload the striker in January for a fee rather than watch him leave for nothing in July.

Chris Humphrey

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    Skysports.com are reporting that Motherwell winger Chris Humphrey could be on his way south, with the Swans in the hunt for his signature.

    The Jamaican international has impressed since joining the Lanarkshire club in 2009, and a host of other clubs including Newcastle and Sunderland are rumoured to be interested.

    Motherwell would no doubt be reluctant to lose their pacey wide man, but if sizable offers were tabled, it would be hard to resist.

    Humphrey has stated, however, that he is 100 percent focused on doing his best for his current club and not responding to transfer rumours and speculation.

Rafik Halliche

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    Fulham defender Rafik Halliche's summer loan move to the Swans was cancelled after FIFA refused to grant the transfer international clearance.

    The Algerian international was targeted by Brendan Rodgers to fill the defensive gap left by injured duo Garry Monk and Alan Tate.

    Although Monk is now back in action, Rodgers has expressed his desire to sign a defender or two in January, and another swoop for Halliche could be on the cards.

    Despite moving to The Cottagers in August 2010, the 25-year-old has only made one league appearance for the London club and a loan move could pave the way for a permanent deal in the summer.

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