Swansea City transfer news as ‘no movement’ on star Joel Piroe amid Leicester City links and loan man offers exit hint
These are your headlines from Swansea City on Thursday, May 12.
“No movement” on Piroe
A recruiting source has told WalesOnline there is “no movement” at the moment regarding Joel Piroe’s potential exit from Swansea City.
The Dutchman enjoyed a remarkable debut season in South Wales after joining from PSV Eindhoven last summer, scoring 24 goals in 47 appearances for the club. All but one of those strikes came from open play as he largely played a deeper role in the second half of the season, further highlighting his talents.
Following Piroe’s efforts last season, the 22-year-old is widely expected to be sold this summer as the club attempt to balance the books. You can find out more here. Leicester City have been credited with their interest in the former Netherlands Under-20 international.
But – after head coach Russell Martin said after his side’s loss to Queens Park Rangers that they had received no calls over Piroe’s status – a source close to the player played down talk of a quick exit.
Speaking about his current situation earlier this month, Piroe said: “It’s always nice to hear you’re being seen at the top level, but on the other hand, I’m really, really happy to be playing many games. That’s the most important thing right now. I just want to finish the season well. We’ll see what happens after that, but I’m very happy here. You can read the striker’s full interview here.
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Benda leaves the door open for Posh’s return
Steven Benda has left the door open to a possible return to Peterborough United this summer.
The German goalkeeper started the season as Swansea’s first-choice keeper but was replaced by Ben Hamer after making seven first-team appearances under Martin.
He joined Posh on loan in January and played 11 times for the club, although his progress was halted due to a back injury when he later broke his finger. And after his loan spell with the Cambridgeshire club ended, Benda thanked Peterborough fans for their support.
“Hi @theposh fans, just want to thank you for your support this season,” he wrote on Instagram. “I felt really appreciated and enjoyed every minute of playing for Peterborough. I’m sorry I couldn’t help the team stay in this league, but I know the club will come back stronger. See you soon, Steve.”
Ben Hamer – who is now out of contract – will leave Swansea this summer, and Martin’s men are expected to dive into the transfer market to sign at least one goalkeeper who already brought Andy Fisher from MK Dons in January. This means Benda will be allowed to find a new club this summer.
The 23-year-old – who moved to South Wales from TSV 1860 Munich in 2017 – has two more years to complete his contract at Swansea. Speaking of Benda in March, Peterborough boss Grant McCann said: “I haven’t worked with him very long but I can see he’s a very good goalkeeper.”
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Cooper returns to Swansea
Ollie Cooper has returned to Swansea after his loan spell with Newport County.
The Welsh youngster spent the duration of the campaign on loan at Rodney Parade and excelled under Michael Flynn and James Rowberry. His absence in the latter stages of the season due to injury was badly felt as the Exiles missed out on a place in the League Two play-offs.
And following the conclusion of the 2021/22 season, Newport confirmed Cooper was back at Swansea.com Stadium while former Swan Courtney Baker-Richardson was offered a new contract.
Speaking about his time with Newport, Cooper wrote on Instagram: “This season has not ended the way we wanted it to but I would like to thank the players, staff and especially the fans at Newport County for the support and the experiences of the past season. I loved every minute of my time at the club and I wish you all the best for the future.”
Cooper is highly rated by Swansea’s current coaching staff and will have the chance to impress when the team re-connects for pre-season in mid-June. You can find out more about the status of players on loan at Swansea here.
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Wells cleared to leave Robins
Bristol City will let Nahki Wells leave the club this summer, according to our colleagues at BristolLive.
The striker struggled to work his way into Nigel Pearson’s plans last season, starting just seven league games in total. Swansea were keen to sign the 31-year-old on loan in January while South Wales rivals Cardiff City were also monitoring the leader’s situation.
And it was reported that the Robins were open to offers for Wells this summer. The Bermuda international still has a year to run on his contract at Ashton Gate, and although they would rather receive a transfer fee for the striker, Bristol City could still let Wells go on a cut-price deal or even for nothing in an offer to shift it from their payroll.