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Second £5m Swansea-and-Spurs deal suits all parties perfectly

| 21.01.2015

History looks to be repeating itself for Tottenham and Swansea this January, as the pair look to close out on one £5m deal, then immediately negotiate another.

The south Wales club look to be all-but a few dotted i’s and some crossed t’s away from landing Spurs full-back Kyle Naughton this winter and will reportedly head straight back to the north Londoners in order to sign Tom Carroll.

The diminutive central midfielder is in the middle of a season-long loan at the Liberty Stadium and seems to have impressed Garry Monk enough to land himself a permanent switch, provided all parties can agree terms.

Carroll has enjoyed a mini-run in the Swans first team of late, starting all of the last three games, and could well be viewed as a long-term replacement for fan-favourite Leon Britton by the player-turned-manager.

Certainly £5m for a young England U21 international is cheap in today’s current climate and with Carroll sure to be behind recent home-grown discoveries Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in the Lilywhites engine room, the Watford native may see succeeding Britton as his best career option.

Currently dividing opinion among Swans fans, the 22-year-old is either seen as a Joe Allen-type player that Swansea can develop, or a costly signing that doesn’t address the side’s need for a physical anchorman to shield the back four.

Considering Allen was sold for £15m, the deal for Carroll should be viewed positively at the 33/1 FA Cup hopefuls, especially if they can polish the youngster’s game into something a big club may splurge on.

Assuming both Naughton and Carroll arrive, that still leaves the Welshmen £20m to spend on strengthening defensive midfield and striking areas.

As far as Spurs are concerned, earning themselves £10m to rid themselves of two players firmly on the edge of the side’s first-team will be received as yet another strong piece of business from savvy chairman Daniel Levy.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.