Cork completes Swans move


Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Swansea have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Jack Cork for a fee believed to be in the region of £3million, the clubs have announced.

The former England under-21 international has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Liberty Stadium but is not eligible to face his old club at St Mary’s on Sunday.

Cork played nearly 130 games since joining Southampton in 2011 but has started only five Premier League matches since Ronald Koeman was appointed Saints manager last summer.

Swansea manager Garry Monk expressed surprise that he was able to capture Cork, whose move is subject to Premier League and international clearance.

Monk said: “I was surprised a little bit he was available. I understand an offer of a new contract was in place at Southampton, but for whatever reasons he felt he didn’t want to sign it.

“He wanted to come here and we have showed the same enthusiasm to sign him, so that’s a good recipe.

“He’s got good experience at this level and he is a British player which is good.

“He has a Chelsea background as well so he has got good pedigree, and he is at a good age to develop into a top midfielder.

“Jack will add to quality we already have at the club and my job is to mould him slightly into what we want to do here.”

But Monk said Swansea’s move to sign Norwich full-back Martin Olsson had stumbled with the two clubs unable to agree on a valuation for the Sweden international.

“We have our valuation of players and other clubs will have theirs of what players are worth,” Monk said.

“If it doesn’t meet, a deal won’t be done and that’s the same with every negotiation you go into.

“We put a bid in (for Olsson) but it doesn’t look as if the two clubs will agree on a valuation – and that’s where that deal is right now.”

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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