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Argentine Colace set for Swans, despite Sousa switch to Leicester.

Byline: CHRIS WATHAN

SWANSEA CITY expect to make Hugo Colace their next summer signing - despite boss Paulo Sousa's imminent departure to the Walkers Stadium.

Argentinian midfielder Colace, 26, is available on a free transfer after turning down a new deal at Oakwell earlier this summer.

"We are hoping for him to come and see us next week," confirmed Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.

"There's a list of players we've put together over the last few weeks and our head scout (David Leadbeater) has been working on that."

Colace's arrival is not expected to be derailed by the expected announcement this morning that manager Sousa is to leave the Liberty Stadium to replace Nigel Pearson at Leicester City.

Sousa had been scheduled to attend training today having been noticeable by his absence during the squad's first meeting of pre-season on Friday but club officials are now set to begin their search for his replacement instead, with coaches Alan Curtis and Colin Pascoe presiding over pre-season training until a replacement for Sousa can be found. Swansea have been planning ahead for the new campaign regardless of the situation surrounding their manager - and Leadbeater has been working round the clock to strengthen the squad.

"He (Colace) is a strong defensive midfielder who will suit our style of play," said Jenkins.

"He has proved himself in the Championship with Barnsley and we think he will prove a good acquisition for us."

Swansea have also been linked with a move for Preston midfielder Richard Chaplow, who has been told he can leave Deepdale.

But Jenkins insists there have been no moves for any of Swansea's stars, including in-demand midfielder Darren Pratley who has been linked with a pounds 1.5m move to Nottingham Forest.

Gus Poyet, having impressed when he was interviewed last summer as a candidate to replace Martinez, and Exeter manager Paul Tidsdale are believed to be the leading contenders to replace Sousa.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 5, 2010
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