The life and times of Swansea City target Jeffrey Schlupp

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The Swans have been linked with a move for Leicester's utility man who last year had a trial with Manchester United.

Swansea City's move for Jeffrey Schlupp - they have reportedly had a £2.5million move rejected - was completely out of left field this morning, with the Leicester City attacker all of a sudden in with a chance of fulfilling his Premier League dream.

Swansea have been linked with a host of wingers, including Nacer Chadli and Reading's Garath McCleary, on deadline day and it remains to be seen whether initial interest in Schlupp will come to fruition, but the rumours are just the latest in Schlupp's eventful and remarkable rise at the King Power Stadium.

The first interesting element on his CV is the versatility factor he provides. Schlupp was earmarked primarily as a powerful front-man, providing a presence in the forward line, pace and a keen eye for goal.

That he was then shunted to left-back was equally as out of the blue as the rumours emerging this morning of the Swans' interest, with Schlupp becoming the Foxes' go-to-guy for a square peg in a round hole.

His time at Leicester has also encompassed stints in central midfield and on the left flank but up front and in the left full-back position has served to be the making of the Ghanaian, who was born in Germany.

The next twist was a three-week trial at Manchester United in January 2013, which was initially due for just seven days but such was the impression made that Schlupp secured a further fortnight, where he would make appearances for the under-21 side against Liverpool and West Ham United respectively.

Ultimately, a move was not forthcoming, but the experience will have both boosted the confidence of a talented youngster and also brought him into the public eye.

Swansea are now reportedly hopeful of taking something of a gamble on a man who has scored just once this season in a 3-1 win at Millwall despite making some 22 appearances for his side.

Whether or not a fresh offer will arrive and a deal can be concluded this afternoon, the career of Jeffrey Schlupp is shaping up to be even more intriguing than any old striker-cum-left-back.

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