According to Franck Tabanou’s agent, the St Etienne left back is only interested in a move to Swansea City
According to Franck Tabanou’s agent, the St Etienne left back is only interested in a move to Swansea City, but other reports say that the Swans need to increase their bid to sign him.
The defender may only cost around £3.5m according to sources in France, but the Swans have been told to increase their initial bid if they want to land the full back.
As he has always done though, chairman Huw Jenkins insists that they will only do a deal that is right for them, and won’t be pushed to pay higher than what they value their targets to be worth.
‘There is a general view when you look for players around Europe that the Premier League will pay more so you have to contend with that problem,’
‘We have done that for the last couple of years and we will continue to do that. We will only do a deal if it is right for us.’
Swansea’s hopes of signing Tabanou could be boosted if what is agent says is true. Philipe Lamboley says that his client is only interested in a move to Swansea City, which could potentially push through a move this Summer.
‘Has chosen Swansea, he has told me he is not interested in any other offers from any other clubs,’
Meanwhile, St Etienne’s chief executive, Roland Romeyer has admitted they have to sell this summer ? but they’re not desperate for immediate sales and says the coach doesn’t want to sell a player like Tabanou.
‘Our coach doesn’t want to sell a player he likes for the left-back position,’
‘But it is an obligation for us to sell at least one player to balance the books. Swansea have not made a generous enough offer yet and after his fine season, Franck is coveted by other clubs. There is no rush. ‘
The 26 year-old, who stands 5’10, is a versatile left sided player who is mainly an attacking left back but can also play as a left winger.
Tabanou would interest Monk’s requirements for more versatile players and wide players who can attack as well as track back and defend effectively.
He would add much needed competition for Neil Taylor, who has this week signed a new 4-year contract. While both players would compete for the left back spot, they could both potentially play together down the left given Tabanou’s attacking strengths.