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Report: Swansea bid for Saint-Etienne's Franck Tabanou

According to France Football, Swansea City have made a €4m bid for Franck Tabanou.

Even though Swansea City signed Kyle Naughton from Tottenham Hotspur last Thursday, today in the French press they have been linked with another full-back. France Football is reporting that the Welsh club has made a €4 million bid for Saint-Etienne’s Franck Tabanou.

Swansea will be attracted by Tabanou’s versatility. After starting his career at left-back for Toulouse, his dangerous left-foot and ability to whip in dangerous crosses, led Alain Casanova to play him on the left of his midfield.

Also on the odd occasion he has been known to smash in a couple of wonder-strikes. Give Tabanou time and space and he can make things happen. At the start of the month, the left-back popped up in extra-time of their cup match against Nancy and fired a beautiful volley into the top corner.

When he first joined Saint-Etienne in 2013, Christophe Galtier played him on the left-wing, but this season he has moved back to his original role in the back four.

Over his last six years in France, the 25-year-old has scored 18 goals and contributed 16 assists and he would be an excellent signing for any club looking for a reliable and consistent player for their left-side.

Tabanou is contracted to Les Verts until 2017 and this season Christophe Galtier has used him at left-back since Benoit Tremoulinas failed to return after a successful loan spell.

This season for Saint-Etienne, Tabanou has started 19 out of 22 games in the league and his performances have helped Les Verts keep one of the best defences in France and they are currently fourth in Ligue 1.

The signing of Naughton was supposed to be as cover for Neil Taylor, who the Guardian report is a Crystal Palace target, Neil Taylor, but the former Sheffield United defender is a natural right-back that can play both sides.

Tabanou is a natural left-back by trade, but can play in any role on the left-flank. Signing Saint-Etienne’s #27 could lead to Taylor leaving Swansea, but they would then have another player to help Bafetimbi Gomis finally settle.

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