WalesOnline has suggested Swansea City will wait until the end of the season to try and sign Tottenham Hotspur owned Tom Carroll.
Undoubtedly a talented player, there will now be a very realistic worry among some supporters that rivals could emerge for his signature, with it arguably making more sense for the club to try and do a deal before February 2.
However, Swansea have an advantage over their interest in Carroll and they shouldn’t be worried about the prospect of him heading back to Tottenham in the summer.
Their advantage is the fact that he’s forming a very good relationship with the club as things stand and has a connection with Garry Monk, who seems to know the best way to get the most out of him.
Why they shouldn’t be worried about him heading back to Spurs is simple; central midfield is one of the most congested areas of the current Tottenham squad.
Carroll will be aware that his prospects of first team football at White Hart Lane are limited, despite the intelligent football he’s played with the Swans and the fact he’ll return as arguably a better player.
The reported fee of £5 million that Swansea want at the moment is also interesting because it may be slightly lower in the summer.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a businessman and runs his club according to that ethos. It would be difficult for him to justify charging the same price when Carroll’s contract will be shorter and therefore, would have been seen to decrease in value.
As for a rival coming into the equation, that could well happen but Swans fans should be confident that the bond the club are currently creating with Carroll should be strong enough to work in their favour in that instance.