Football Transfers: Swansea agree fee for Southampton's Cork

 

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Swansea City have agreed a fee with Southampton for midfielder Jack Cork. The former Chelsea trainee is coming to the end of his contract, and was no closer to agreeing a new deal than he had been prior to Ronald Koeman's arrival at the South Coast club.

The holding midfielder will be an interesting acquisition for the Swans, due to his connections with local bitter rivals Cardiff City. His dad, Alan Cork, was the manager at Cardiff City for a couple of years, but never really won over the fans, possibly because he had also been a manager at Swansea prior to his appointment at the Bluebirds.

Cork, who is a cult favourite with the Saints fans, has struggled to hold down a place in recent years, despite often impressing in the chances he has got. With Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin as the first choice pairing in midfield and Harrison Reed impressing when he got a chance in that role, Cork had turned down the chance to sign a contract extension.

While he does lack pace, which is something very much lacking throughout the Swans midfield, he is a player that should fit in well with the style of play Swansea play. On paper, he should be the ideal long term replacement for Leon Britton.

Written by Tris Burke

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