Tonight's Swansea City transfer news as striker's future 'not at club' and Chris Davies beat 40 to land job

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These are your Swansea City headlines on Friday, June 7.

Davies speaks out

New Birmingham City manager Chris Davies has revealed what attracted him to the job.

Davies was the red-hot favourite to replace Michael Duff as Swansea head coach at the back-end of last year. The former Tottenham coach was the favourite pretty much from the outset but negotiations between parties could not get over the line.

Ultimately, Luke Williams became Swansea's head coach and Davies remained in north London. He has now taken the manager's position at St Andrew's as the Blues hope to return to the Championship after relegation.

Forty other candidates were contacted over the role.

Davies told the club website: “I am proud and honoured to be the manager of Birmingham City. As soon as I spoke with Tom [Wagner], Garry [Cook], Tom Brady, and other board members it was clear to me how passionate and committed the board and all of the football leadership team are to bringing success to this club.

“It is a club with an ambition that reflects my own, and a plan to make it a reality. It is such an exciting time to be at Blues. I can’t wait to get started, meeting everyone at the club and speaking to our supporters. I will give everything to build an attacking team that reflects this great city, and most importantly to produce a team that our supporters can be proud of.”

Chief executive Garry Cook added: “Chris is an outstanding coach and person, that the playing staff and our supporters will instantly warm to. The goal was to identify a progressive coach, one who has demonstrated the ability to build teams and improve players in the squad.

“Chris has done this at leading clubs, being part of championship, cup and promotion winning teams, working with world class players and managers. He is a perfect fit for Blues.

“He is a meticulous planner, with an insatiable appetite for work. Known for his excellent man management skills, he will now focus on building a Championship ready squad in League One. He is the coach we wanted. Blues is the club he wanted. We are very pleased he is here.”

Pundit tips Gallagher to move on

FLW pundit Carlton Palmer says it's clear Sam Gallagher's future lies away from Blackburn Rovers.

The striker has been linked with Swansea, Premier League new boys Ipswich Town and relegated side Luton Town in the past few days.

The 28-year-old looks to be moving on this summer after an injury-ravaged season which saw him score just three times last term.

Palmer believes the lure of top-flight football could prove too hard to resist for Gallagher, adding a price tag of £8milllion would likely see a deal done. At that valuation, Swansea are almost certainly out of the running.

"Kieran McKenna is said to still be keen on Sam, and believes he could do a job in the Premier League," Palmer told FLW.

"The problem being now for Sam, he has had an injury-ravaged season, he will want to play football, and will he now look at Ipswich Town?

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"They're going to make signings, obviously, with getting promoted back to the Premier League.

"Will he look at how his game-time is going to be limited there? So, would he prefer to be going to somewhere like Luton Town or Swansea, where he'll be playing regularly?

"Luton Town will be pushing for automatic promotion again next season, and he'll be playing regularly.

"It's clear to say that his future is not at Blackburn, I don't think he'll be at Blackburn come the end of the summer transfer window.

"It remains to be seen where he'll end up, but the lure of playing in the Premier League will obviously attract him because every player wants to play in the Premier League, but also they want to play regular football.

"Ipswich will look at this as a regularly cheap deal for Sam in terms of the transfer fee, and his wages. I think a fee in the region of about £8m would probably see him leave Blackburn Rovers this summer."

Swans duo feature

Liam Cullen and Ben Cabango started for Wales in their 0-0 draw with Gibraltar on Thursday night.

An inexperienced Welsh side were held by their hosts on a frustrating evening in the Algarve.

Cabango got 90 minutes under his belt, while Cullen was replaced on 73 minutes.

Both will hope to be involved against Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday.