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Stealing From Premier League Relegation Candidates: Swansea City

Newcastle needs to add some talent, and what better place to look than the teams it could be replacing.

Manchester City v Swansea City - Premier League
Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 8 goals and set 11 more, with the latter leading the league.
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As Newcastle’s promotional push continues, fans continue to think about which players they could sign for next season. I have seen everything from Wayne Rooney, to Daniel Sturridge to Luke Shaw, but knowing Newcastle, they will be unwilling to splash the cash (as much as I would love to sign Luke Shaw).

Instead, the much more Mike Ashley thing to do would be to look at clubs being relegated from the Premier League and poach players from those teams who want to stay in the top division. Let’s look at the best options from the teams currently in the bottom five of the table. Swansea City is the second of the five teams we will look at.

Swansea City

The easiest one the pick from Swansea is Gylfi Sigurdsson. He has a ton of versatility and skill to his game. He is a great set piece taker and offers an elite level set up man from the wing. With 11 assists this season in the Premier League, he is a valued commodity. Several reports have linked Newcastle to the Icelandic international, but nothing too credible quite yet. This would be a big add for the club, especially across from Matt Ritchie.

With rumors that the club could look to add depth at centre back, Alfie Mawson could be the perfect fit for the Magpies. He wouldn’t be depth as much as he would likely slot in as a starter alongside either Ciaran Clark or Jamaal Lascelles. At 23-years old, he is gaining Premier League experience and has a knack for heading home set pieces. He would be a stellar add for Newcastle. Having just spent one season with Swansea, it might be a little difficult to pry him from the Welsh side. He arrived for just shy of £6 million, so I would guess that Swansea would want at least as much in return for the promising youngster. Expect him to be closer to £8 million after the season he had.

Outside of those two, either Jack Cork or Leroy Fer would be a solid add. Both are 27 and could fill voids for the club. Cork is more of a defensive-minded midfielder and could pair nicely with former teammate Jonjo Shelvey. He would take over for Jack Colback and could allow Shelvey to play a little further upfield. Fer on the other hand fits more as an attacking midfielder, something Newcastle desperately lack at the moment. On the year, he has six goals and two assists. Neither one of them would be too expensive. Cork joined in 2015 for around £3 million. Fer signed last summer for £5.6 million. Those numbers could slide even further if Swansea finishes in the drop zone.

Those are the best options from Swansea available to Newcastle. Check in tomorrow to see which Hull City players Rafa Benitez and company could be asking about in just a few months.