Report: Swansea City reach €5m agreement for versatile French star Franck Tabanou

Swansea City have been tracking St Etienne’s Franck Tabanou for some time.

According to the French publication L’Equipe, Swansea City have finally reached an agreement with French side St Etienne for highly-rated defender Franck Tabanou.

The 26-year-old is predominantly a left-back but is also capable of playing out on the left wing, as proven on a number of occasions last season.

The BBC last week reported that the player was keen on a move to the Liberty Stadium, following previous talks in January, though on that occasion a deal couldn’t be struck.

His agent Philipe Lamboley was quoted as saying by the BBC: "Has chosen Swansea, he has told me he is not interested in any other offers from any other clubs."

St Etienne were reportedly holding out for a bigger transfer fee but, after a number of conversations, reports now state that a €5 million deal has been agreed.

“The player is all set to join Swansea in the middle of this month for a €5m fee. He has not signed the contract, but a three-year deal has been agreed,” popular French blogging site GFF announced.

Tabanou made a total of 30 Ligue 1 starts last season, providing an impressive five assists and averaging 4.2 effective clearances per encounter.

Garry Monk is keen to bolster his ranks this summer as the Swans look to build on their highest ever eighth-placed Premier League finish.

The Welsh outfit are quite light in the full-back areas, and Tabanou’s versatility and ability to push further forward will without doubt help to add more competition for places.

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