Date: 23rd December 2011 at 5:52pm
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Swansea City have suffered a setback in their attempts to sign Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly.

Manager Brendan Rodgers thought he had an agreement in place regarding the 19 year-old’s fee, but it seems that the fee is no longer agreed according to the Swans boss.

Swansea City face a tough battle now to sign Donnelly ahead of Everton and Liverpool, who have also held talks with the player recently regarding a possible transfer.

Rodgers explained the situation to BBC Sport:

‘I find it sad and disappointing that we had an agreement and now we don’t. Morally, you would think that would stand but we will find out over the next few days,’

‘We have done everything we can up until this moment. We had the player watched over a number of months, I went to see him myself, and I felt he was worth taking into our group.

‘We arranged for him to come over for a couple of days, he’s a good kid and his agent and assistant coach enjoyed their time here and that’s as much as we can do.

‘We agreed the fee on the basis he came here and enjoyed it and we could put a deal together. What happens after that is out of our control.

‘They decided the fee was no longer agreed and that’s something out of my hands.

‘At this moment the chairman has spoken with their chairman and I will find out how that evolves.

‘It’s up to the club, I came back with a valuation and Cliftonville have played the game quite well, but we shall see.

‘He’s a good kid and the two clubs who are reportedly interested are fantastic clubs, but it has to be about an opportunity for the player and they (Cliftonville) will decide who will be best suited.’