Swansea City are interested in a deal to bring Matty James to the Liberty Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that Steve Cooper’s side are one of a number of Championship clubs keeping track of the Leicester City midfielder ahead of a potential move in the very near future.
It is reported that the 29-year-old will be available on a free transfer upon the expiry of his current contract with the Foxes, which is set to run out in the coming weeks, having spent nine years with the Premier League side.
With Swansea City’s central midfielder Matt Grimes being heavily linked with a move away from the Welsh side this summer, the middle of the park looks likely to be a position in which Cooper will look to strengthen in the transfer market.
In the first half of the 2020/21 Championship campaign, the £32k-per-week midfielder made 15 appearances for Valerien Ismael’s Barnsley side, making an average of 1.4 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.6 key passes per game, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.53.
However, after returning to Leicester and subsequently being loaned back out to Coventry in the January transfer window, the 29-year-old’s form at the Ricoh Arena dramatically improved. James scored three goals and registering three assists over his 23 league appearances, as well as making an average of 1.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.3 key passes per game, earning him an average WhoScored match rating of 6.88.
For comparison, over his 48 Championship appearances for Swansea last season, Grimes netted three times and provided three assists, as well as making an average of two tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 0.9 key passes per game, seeing the midfielder earn a seasonal WhoScored match rating of 6.97.
As such, should the 25-year-old indeed move on to pastures new this summer, the player whom the Leicestershire Live writer Jordan Blackwell dubbed a “perfect” midfielder would very much seem to be an apt replacement for Grimes, especially on a free transfer.