Swansea rebuff Southampton enquiry for Amat

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing in action with Swansea City's Jordi Amat

HITC Sport understands Southampton rebuffed in bid for Swansea defender.

Swansea City rejected an approach from Southampton for defender Jordi Amat just before the close of the transfer window, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Southampton were hoping to bring in a new centre-back before the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night after selling Jose Fonte to West Ham and losing Virgil van Dijk for a spell with a knee injury.

Referee Andre Marriner with Swansea City's Jordi Amat and Jack CorkReferee Andre Marriner with Swansea City's Jordi Amat and Jack Cork

The Saints were linked with a number of centre-backs as they looked to bolster their defensive options and sources have told HITC Sport that they made an enquiry to take Swansea's Spanish stopper Amat on loan.

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However, Swansea turned down the enquiry as they look to keep Amat at the Liberty Stadium for their survival battle in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing in action with Swansea City's Jordi AmatMiddlesbrough's Stewart Downing in action with Swansea City's Jordi Amat

The Spaniard, who has made 17 appearances so far this season, has been on the bench for the last two wins against Liverpool and Southampton, but he has yet to figure for new boss Paul Clement.

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The Welsh club were also in the market for a new defender before Tuesday's transfer deadline, but did not manage to bring one in so they were in no position to let Amat out on loan.

Amat has found himself down the pecking order at Swansea in recent weeks with his last appearance coming in the 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on New Year's Eve.

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