The Swans head coach confirmed the deal in his press conference earlier today, being quoted by Wales Online as saying “he’s here", and the deal has since been confirmed by the official Swans website, before the defender was unveiled.
The fee, believed to be in the region of £5 million - as per the same report - was agreed earlier this week, and Naughton underwent his medical with the Welsh club yesterday. Monk confirmed that the Tottenham full-back, who has just five Premier League appearances to his name this term, had trained with his new teammates this morning, and he could complete his move before the end of the week.
“It’s the last bits of the contract to sort out, the legal side,” the former defender is quoted as saying. “He trained with us this morning and it’s good to get it done.”
Considering the arrival of DeAndre Yedlin at White Hart Lane, Naughton’s options were going to reduce even further, and it comes as no surprise to see him leaving North London in search of more consistent first-team football. The 26-year-old has never truly proven himself with the Lilywhites, and the move to Wales gives him the chance to have a fresh start in a slowly growing team.
Monk continued to address the talents that Naughton is bringing to the Liberty Stadium, praising his experience and hunger to succeed with the Swans.
He added: “He brings a good pedigree, is experienced at this level, a good age, we look for players looking to prove a point and who are hungry. He enjoyed his time at Tottenham but perhaps didn’t get the game time he wanted. Now he'll be looking to push on.
“It’s testament to how far we’ve come that players look at us. Kyle’s a great person and a good player the type we need at the club. I played against Kyle, so I know what he can do.”
Although his lack of first-team football at White Hart Lane has stunted his development - he failed to even make 100 appearances in five years for the Lilywhites - Naughton has displayed the qualities that could see him become a top class full-back in the future, and Swansea fans will be hoping that Monk is the coach who can finally get the 26-year-old to fulfil his potential.