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7 August 2018 : National Press Link James With Another Championship Bid
Yeovil Town defender Tom James is once again being linked with a move away from Huish Park. Last Thursday saw his planned transfer to West Bromwich Albion collapse, with mixed messages from the Glovers end and Hawthorns end as to what killed that deal. Since then, West Brom have brought in Manchester City loan defender Tosin Adarabioyo on loan, who appears to fill the hole they were trying to deal with. So that just leaves the question of Swansea City, who had been generally named as the lead party in any James interest, yet didn't appear to have put any money on the table.

The story now is that Swansea are belatedly interested, having hovered around the edges of the rumourmill throughout the summer. The theory with the South Wales club was that they were unable to place a firm bid for James until they had offloaded some of their former Premier League players, with them now having to comply with the Football League's version of the Financial Fair Play rules. Claims made by The Sun (pinch of salt required!) are that boss Graham Potter is 'ready to sign' James, with a 400,000 figure mentioned. On Twitter, there is also a report that a Welsh journalist has echoed this, although it's not clear if this is a reaction to The Sun's information, or whether he's got that from closer to home.

What might have changed Swansea's perspective in the last few days is that on August 2nd, they sold centre-back Alfie Mawson to Fulham for 20 million. Earlier in the summer, Kyle Bartley had moved to West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee. However, they still have Kyle Naughton and Connor Roberts on their books as dedicated right-backs, so it may still come down to whether Naughton is likely to come off their wage bill before the transfer window closes on Thursday. At present all the signs are that Swansea have put him up for sale, but he missed their opening match of the season against Sheffield United with a groin problem and so may not be available for sale before the deadline.

On Saturday, manager Darren Way said in his pre-match interview that "I still think there will probably be one more bid" and "there will be scouts here today" which tended to suggest that he was still aware of interest from other clubs. The permanent transfer window deadline is 5.00p.m. on Thursday 9th August, although that is a bit of a fudge, with clubs still able to negotiate loan transfers with a January permanent transfer agreed, right up until the end of August.

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