It is seemingly increasingly likely that the Swans are set to move on elsewhere and abandon their pursuit of Harry Darling with a loan deal for a new centre half the most likely assuming we strengthen in that area.
Darling – much like Matt O’Riley – has been heavily linked with a move to the Swans throughout this transfer window and whilst Russell Martin talked last weekend about a deal falling through it was widely speculated that it was a deal for Darling that was close but now seemingly not happening.
We can speculate all day long as to the reasons why it did not happen last week – did we baulk at the transfer fee at the last minute or did MK Dons change their mind and adjust the fee at the last minute? Either way it may not matter as it is heavily rumoured that we are giving up on the pursuit for a player that is clearly someone Russell Martin admires greatly.
In yesterday’s update from the Supporters’ Trust there was reference that most of our deals in this window would be loan ones with possibly at least one permanent signing. We know we have signed Andy Fisher and Christie and Wolf have arrived on loan so is there more to come on that front?
The speculated fee for Darling at £1m always felt that it would be a stretch for the Swans even with advanced loans on the Joe Rodon money that was taken out just before Christmas and it now seems that this is the case.
Russell Martin’s other words from the weekend though about “not asking for the world” still ring loud in our ears and you wonder whether things have changed in the budgets since either he arrived or the start of the window and is the various pinches of missed games kicking home or is this still the reflection of a higher wage bill than we can maintain on a Championship income. And of course the fact that we did spend heavily in the summer on the likes of Joel Piroe and Flynn Downes.
The answer is we don’t know but what is known is that it appears Harry Darling will not be a Swansea City player come the end of January unless something dramatic changes in the meantime.