Tonight's Swansea City transfer news as Eom gives airport interview and legend tells Williams what's needed

-Credit: (Image: Getty)
-Credit: (Image: Getty)

Here's your round-up of all the latest Swansea City news for Thursday, July 11.

Eom gives airport interview

Eom Ji-sung has told the Korean press he simply couldn't turn down the chance for a 'second start' at Swansea City.

The winger has travelled to south Wales to finalise a move from K-League side Gwangju, which is believed to be worth around £1m.

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Eom bid farewell to the club and their fans at a public event last week, although it's understood there are still a few details to be finalised before he becomes a Swansea player.

Nevertheless, Swansea are confident of landing the 22-year-old, who spoke to Yonhap News before flying from Incheon International Airport.

"If Gwangju FC was my first step into football, Swansea City is my second start," he said. "They explained to me how they would utilize me and gave me confidence.

"I think it will feel real once I get there. I will try to do everything I can to adapt quickly. I have a timid personality, but in order to survive, I will approach my colleagues first and change my behaviour."

On finding out about Swansea's interest, he added: "I saw an article saying that Swansea City was interested in me. After that, I heard a video conference explaining directly how they would use me, such as using me as a winger in a 4-3-3 formation, and my desire to go grew. I didn't want to miss this opportunity.

"Swansea City is not a team that plays 'empty soccer' without tactics. They are an organised team, so the experience I learned in Gwangju will be of great help."

Swansea are similarly hopeful of completing a move for midfielder Goncalo Franco, with both players now poised to become the club's first two signings of the summer.

Williams urges Swans to strengthen

Ashley Williams says Luke Williams has to strengthen his Swansea City squad this summer, but says his former club may well find it tough to get deals over the line.

The former captain, who made over 300 appearances for the Swans, told Coin Poker: "I'm sure Luke Williams wants to bring some more bodies in the door. Whether that happens or not, it's always tough for Swansea to get players in just because of where it's located. They don't pay the biggest amount of money, so it's always tough.

"I think Luke can help the situation by just doing what he did towards the end of the season. And I don't mean results, but just the connection between him and the fans and the team and the fans. If I look at that second derby game against Cardiff at home, more days, more afternoons or more evenings like that with that kind of show of commitment and intent from the team will help bring the fans back on side and then it becomes a lot more smoother for him. I do think they need some players, they need to shore up the defence a little bit, but there is good players in there also."

Williams says he was dismayed by his side's struggles last season, and says a good start this term will be crucial for any success.

"I was massively disappointed with the way the season went for Swansea last year, as a big Swansea, like all the Swansea fans, it was just disappointing, it was flat.

"There was nothing to get behind apart from probably that one game against Cardiff at home.

"So a good start for Luke would be key and I'm sure they're working hard to try and get bodies in the door, but as I said, being there for so long, I do know how frustrating it can be at times, because there's not a lot of players jumping, especially foreign players, that don' know where it is or you look at it and it's quite far from everywhere else, so they have to work a little bit harder than other clubs to get players in."

St Johnstone chief speaks out on Sidibeh future

New St Johnstone owner Adam Webb says the club are under no pressure to sell star strike Adama Sidibeh, amid alleged interest from Swansea City.

Reports earlier in the week claimed the Swans had a 'lowball bid' rejected for the striker, who netted five goals in 15 games for Saints last season.

It's understood those reports are, at the time of writing, wide of the mark. However, a move for the 26-year-old hasn't been categorically ruled out, with Luke Williams certainly keen on adding a goalscorer to his ranks, particularly after the decision to loan Jerry Yates to Derby County.

However, should the Swans, or anyone else, decide to move for the Gambian, it will clearly take a sizeable offer.

“Adama is a dynamic, fantastic player who is someone our supporters want to get behind and follow,” he told The Courier.

“What I love about him is he gives 100% at all times on the pitch – he has collapsed on the pitch because he’s given so much.

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“He’s a fighter so if you want that you’re going to have to pay for that.

“There’s been no change on that.

“We won’t be allowing players to go if we can help it.

“It’s a balancing act. What’s the worth to this club – more wins, more goals?

“In the case of Adama, it’s worth a lot. Not only does he have skill. He has got heart of a lion.

“He’s a special player and we would need a very substantial compensation to justify letting him go.

“I believe we will keep Adama. I believe he will have a tremendous season.

“And I believe there will be other opportunities for those who see him as a star like we do.”