Swansea have been linked with January swoops for Ahmed Elmohamady and Sam Byram as Garry Monk bids to strengthen his right flank options.
The Swans allowed Nathan Dyer to join Leicester on a season-long loan during the transfer window, and recently insisted he was happy with his options down the right flank after recalling Modou Barrow from his loan spell at Blackburn.
Wayne Routledge and Andre Ayew are also both capable of playing there for Swansea, but that hasn’t stopped speculation linking Monk’s side with January moves for the Championship duo, with both players now entering the final year of their contracts.
Egyptian international Elmohamady is in the last year of his contract at the KC Stadium and Tigers boss Steve Bruce says he will not stand in the player’s way if he gets the chance to return to the Premier League.
When asked about Elmohamady, Bruce said: “I won’t stand in his way. Elmo is in the final year of his contract with us and the last thing we would want is to lose him on a free next summer.
“Ideally, we want him to stay for longer and we intend to talk to him about signing a new long-term deal.
“He is just one of several players we’ve got who are desperate to play in the Premier League, and why wouldn’t they be?”
The player is reportedly available for a fee of £5million in January, with Everton, Aston Villa and Leicester all reportedly weighing up a move.
Byram, meanwhile, is also entering the final year of his contract and while talks have been held over a new deal, the player is yet to reach an agreement with the club.
Leeds too may be forced to sell in January if the situation is not resolved.
Whites manager Uwe Rosler, however, has admitted Byram’s form this season has been affected by the ongoing speculation over his future, but still hopes to keep him at Elland Road.
“He knows he’ll be with us for the next year at least, hopefully for longer, but at least for the next year Leeds United will be his home,” Rosler said.
“He knows the team welcome him to stay here and I very much welcome him to stay. But he also knows about his responsibility to keep improving.”