Report suggests Swansea are close to signing Australian goalkeeper

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin

Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin is looking to add goalkeeping cover.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesMark Birighitti is reportedly close to joining Swansea

The Daily Mail are reporting that Swansea City are close to completing a deal to bring Australian international goalkeeper and free agent Mark Birighitti to the club.

Birighitti, 25, is available on a free transfer following his release from Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets, and The Daily Mail claims the Swans boss wants the Australian stopper to provide competition for current number one Łukasz Fabiański.

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Goalkeepers can become complacent without the threat of a direct rival, and the level of competition Birighitti could provide for Fabianski will be exactly what Guidolin wants to achieve, and should in turn, improve the performances of the Polish international stopper.

The Welsh outfit finished 12th in the Premier League last term, and their performances drastically improved under the tutelage of their Italian boss.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesBirighitti has represented Australia at international level

He is renowned within the game for his vast knowledge of players on a worldwide scale, and his reported pursuit of Birighitti, who can be considered an unknown quantity, supports this view.

Birighitti has only every spent time playing in his native Australia, so a move to the Premier League would be a massive step up in quality and intensity, but his availability on a free makes the deal entirely worth it, and will carry little financial risk.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesBirighitti is available on a free following his release from Newcastle Jets

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