Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) January 30, 2015
Swansea City have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Jack Cork, subject to Premier League and international clearance.
Cork, 25, has penned a three-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million.
The former England Under-21 international initially joined Southampton on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2008, before returning permanently three years later following the club’s promotion to the Championship.
The son of former Cardiff boss Alan Cork, he would make 151 appearances across his two spells on the south coast, but will not be eligible to face his old club this Sunday, as the deal was completed after today's noon deadline.
His contract was due to expire in the summer and, while manager Ronald Koeman revealed earlier this month that a new deal was on the table, the ex-Chelsea product's reluctance to re-sign prompted the Saints to cash in on his signature.
Speaking to Swansea's official website on the move, Cork said: “I’m glad to get it all done. It was tough because I’d been at Southampton for three-and-a-half years and I had some great memories there.
“It had come to the point where myself and the club had gone as far as we could go. The opportunity of a new challenge at Swansea is something I’m looking forward to.
“Swansea are a good footballing team who have been very successful over the last few years. It’s a team I’ve always looked at and admired, so for me to play in this team is a privilege.
“The style, the large core of British players and a manager who’s hungry to do well made it an easy decision to come here.
“Every time I’ve played Swansea it has been a tough game. Earlier in the season it was a very hard match, while I played here [last season] under Pochettino and we didn’t touch the ball for the first 15 minutes of the game.
“It’s always a very tough place to come, so it will be nice to be in the home side at the Liberty.”
Cork becomes the fourth Swansea signing of the January transfer window, following Kyle Naughton, Matt Grimes and loanee Nelson Oliveira.
The newboy made 16 appearances during the first half of the campaign for Southampton, and he'll be hoping to be even more involved in Garry Monk's side over the coming months.