Swansea are preparing to rival Newcastle in a last-minute scramble to sign Watford central defender Adrian Mariappa before the January transfer deadline, say the Daily Mail.
Toon boss, Alan Pardew has failed with three attempts to sign the 25-year-old Championship star over the past several days and is thought to be reluctant to bid higher than £4m. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is preparing to reignite his interest in Mariappa after he also failed to sign the London born defender during the summer.
The Swansea boss has been one of the busier Premier League managers in the January transfer window with four new signings and releasing three. Rory Donnelly, Darnel Situ, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Josh McEachran have all been added to the Swans squad and Rodgers is refusing to rule out further additions within the next 24 hours.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Watford manager said:
“We made enquiries for a number of players early in the window and, like with many clubs, it has gone quiet, but then we have had feedback on one or two possibilities and we will see.
“There is still a lot of work to do if they are to become permanent signings, but we will see over the next 24 hours and take it from there.
“We have certainly made no bids as yet but we have been given an indication of what the price would be.”
Mariappa, who can also play at right full-back, has risen through the ranks at Vicarage Road and made his first team debut in a League Cup tie against Notts County in August 2005. He has since made over 200 appearances for the Hornets and impressed again in Watford’s recent FA Cup defeat to Tottenham.
Rodgers could face further competition for Mariappa’s signature after The Sun reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also planning a shock bid to capture the sought after defender.
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