Swansea City were one of several club reportedly interested in signing Exeter City winger Joel Randall earlier this year and Steve Cooper’s side look to have been handed a big boost in their hopes of bringing him to the Liberty Stadium this summer.
The Athletic suggested in January that both Swansea and Celtic were interested in signing the 21-year-old, who has enjoyed a fruitful campaign with the Grecians in League Two this season.
Manager Matt Taylor has recently hinted that the Devon outfit will look to sell some of their brightest prospects – including Randall – this summer as they look to keep the club afloat by cashing in on homegrown talent, as they did with Ollie Watkins, who earned his boyhood club a windfall earlier this week with his debut goal for England against San Marino.
Although Transfermarkt stats that the Exeter winger’s contract expires at the end of this season, the initial report from The Athletic claims that he is contracted until 2022, meaning that Swansea may be forced to stump up a fee if they want to bring him to south Wales this summer.
Randall has been one of Exeter’s standout performers so far this season, having contributed 10 goals and five assists in all competitions, in what has been his breakthrough campaign after a series of loans in non-league.
Taylor was full of praise for him earlier in the season, saying: “He’s exceeded our expectations. He’s had talent and potential in him since a young age. His running stats are phenomenal but he’s added an extra dimension to his game in terms of the end product. He’s been a constant threat down that left side, worked tirelessly for the team and contributed at all times this season. He’s been a standout player.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Randall’s future lies away from Exeter, so Swansea chairman Julian Winter should steal a march on Celtic and bring him to the Liberty Stadium this summer, as he could be an excellent addition to Cooper’s squad.