Nouble linked with Swansea
Brendan Rodgers has revealed he hopes to strengthen Swansea City’s strike-force by the end of the week.
The Swans boss has been linked with young West Ham United striker Frank Nouble, who worked with Rodgers during his time with the Chelsea youth team.
“He is a young player I know well,” Rodgers admitted after their 2-1 win over Coventry City on Tuesday.
“There are one or two possibilities and I’m waiting on a couple of answers. I hope to get a striker by the weekend.”
Stephen Dobbie, who spent last season on loan at promoted Blackpool, is the only fit striker currently at the Liberty Stadium.
The 27-year-old Scotsman has been playing the lone striker’s role at the Swans as fellow countryman Craig Beattie is injured and Finnish international Shefki Kuqi left to join Derby County on a three-month loan deal earlier this week.
Nouble, the England under-19 international, was a colleague of coach Rodgers and new Swansea signing Scott Sinclair during their time in Chelsea’s youth set-up.
The 18-year-old joined the Hammers from Chelsea in the summer of 2009 and has since had loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Swindon Town as his chances at the struggling Upton Park club have been limited.
Sinclair settling down at Swansea and new Swans boss Rodgers is desperate to bolster his depleted forward-line when he enters the loan market this week.
“We’ll see what happens in the next couple of days,” said Rodgers.
But the Swansea manager was pleased that Darren Pratley and Sinclair each scored their third goal of the season against Coventry to maintain the Welsh’s club 100% home record in the Championship this season.
“I thought we were outstanding at times and could have scored a few more,” said the Swans boss.
“There are moments we can pick out to improve on. But we are learning our lessons which is important.”
Nouble and Swansea
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