Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2020 1:44
Swansea City’s Connor Roberts insists fellow defender Joe Rodon is fully focused on playing for Wales despite transfer speculation linking him to Tottenham.
The duo are in Ryan Giggs’ squad to face England in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday.
Rodon’s name has been mentioned in connection with the north Londoners after their failed bid for Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.
It is claimed that Jose Mourinho is keen on the 22-year old centre back but there is a stumbling block over his valuation. While Spurs are offering in the region of £7m, Swansea see their man in the £20m price bracket.
That is quite a gap to bridge before the EFL window closes on October 16. Talk of a possible move to the top flight could be unsettling for a youngster but that is not the case with Rodon.
Roberts, a team-mate with both the Swans and Dragons, has made it clear his colleague is taking it all in his stride.
“I was with him on deadline day [Monday] and chilling with him,” he told BBC Sport. “I was asking what the crack is. He was just thinking about the next game, we are playing England for Wales and that is all that is in his head.”
While that is positive news for Giggs, it seems likely that the rumours will not die down. The rangy stopper is now in the final two years of his Liberty Stadium contract and a compromise could be reached.
Carter-Vickers tipped as makeweight in Rodon deal
One possible solution to the impasse might be Spurs’ willingness to offer defender Cameron Carter-Vickers as part of the deal.
The 22-year-old USA international is unlikely to see too much game time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Therefore a switch to Wales might suit all parties concerned.
Reports at the weekend claimed Swans chief Steve Cooper is a fan of the Southend-born youngster. Carter-Vickers was linked with a move away from the capital club but a switch failed to materialise on deadline day.
It remains to be seen if he heads to Swansea – a move that is unlikely to enthuse their fans. Cooper’s side are desperate for a return to the Premier League and have started their campaign well.
Three wins and a draw sees them fourth – just two points behind table-topping Bristol City. Rodon is key to their chances but the lure of the Promised Land could prove too much.
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