Tonight's Swansea City transfer news as Wood backed to shine in Premier League and winger sent message

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Here's your round-up of all the latest Swansea City news for Saturday, July 6.

Wood backed for Premier League success

Southampton boss Russell Martin has backed new signing Nathan Wood to shine in the Premier League following his move from Swansea City.

The 22-year-old officially completed a permanent transfer to St Mary's on Friday, in a move believed to be worth around £3m.

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Having been the subject of interest from Martin last summer, Wood admits he's excited by the challenge on the English south coast.

“It’s obviously a massive club," he said. "A Premier League club that was in the Championship last season, and to get straight back into the Prem is a big thing. I’m very happy to be here.

“It’s always been an attractive club. Obviously the style of football is a big thing, the coaching is a big thing, and it’s a step up in leagues for me as well.

“It’s a no-brainer really when you put all those things together. It’s quite an easy decision to make.”

His boss Martin added: “Nathan is a player I know and trust from our time together at Swansea, and someone I also tried to sign in my first job at MK Dons.

“He’s a top defender with tremendous physical qualities, great pace and calmness on the ball.

“What’s equally important to us is that he’s a great character.

“He will settle in seamlessly with the brilliant group we already have here. He’s hungry to prove himself in the Premier League, and we want to help him achieve that.”

Gwangju say final goodbyes to Eom

Bosses at Gwangju have bid an emotional farewell to to Eom Ji-sung ahead of his proposed move to Swansea City.

The K-League club claim they have accepted a bid from the Swans, believed to be around £1m, for the winger, and held a farewell event for him on Friday.

Swansea are yet to offer any confirmation on the move, but it's understood he is a top transfer priority for the club this summer. Given the scale of the farewells this week, it seems increasingly likely Eom will be their opening signing of the summer.

Speaking at the event with fans, Eom insisted he'd be back at the club one day, stating: “I was able to come this far thanks to the support of the fans.

“Please continue to support the team, and I will also cheer for Gwangju from overseas. I will definitely return to Gwangju someday and repay the love of the fans.”

Gwangju FC CEO No Dong-il added: “I hope Eom Ji-sung stays healthy and plays successfully, and I ask for the fans’ unstinting support for him.

Manager Lee Jung-hyo continued: “I would like to thank club owner Kang Ki-jung and CEO No Dong-il for allowing Eom Ji-sung’s transfer

“I watched the Swansea City game in person and I am relieved that Eom Ji-sung is going to a good team. Eom will now be cheered on by the people of the Republic of Korea, so I hope the fans will cheer for Gwangju FC even more."

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Henia-Kamau sets sights on goals

Young striker Sammy Henia-Kamau says he's focused on scoring goals for Swansea City as he looks to make his mark for the under-21s next season.

The 18-year-old has signed his first pro deal at the club, with his contract set to keep him at the club until summer 2025.

It comes on the back of an impressive campaign for the under-18s, where he scored 10 goals in all competitions.

"It's something I had my mind on since I joined the club last year, and to be sat here signing feels amazing," he said after penning his latest contract.

"When you achieve a goal, it feels extra special. But the hard work starts now, and it's my time to show what I can do for the under-21s this coming season.

"I want to make sure I can keep up the momentum of scoring for the under-21s this season. I had periods last year where I picked up some injuries, but I came back and made sure I could help contribute," he added.

"Getting under-21s' experience last season was very beneficial, and I learnt a lot. I can't wait to get fully stuck in and, hopefully, get some training experience within the first-team environment."

Club announces drop in ticket prices

Swansea City have announced reductions in matchday ticket prices for the upcoming season, with some general admission prices knocked down by nearly 20 per cent.

The price of a general admission ticket for category C games, which include the likes of Sheffield United, Watford and Norwich City, has gone from £29 to £23.50.

General admission prices for Category B, which includes Burnley and Bristol City, have gone down by nearly 14 per cent to £28, while Category A fixtures will be priced at £32.50.

“Swansea City is excited to announce these comprehensive reductions in ticketing prices for the 2024-25 season, with significant savings available to our supporters. Across all categories, our Jack Army and general sale tickets are on average 16% cheaper year on year,” said head of marketing Katie Doyle.

“As a club we are committed to making sure we offer one of the most competitive ticketing packages in the Championship, and this delivers on that commitment.”