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Swansea await transfer window in hunt for winger.

Byline: CHRIS WATHAN

SWANSEA CITY look to have upped the stakes in their bid to land Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn, writes CHRIS WATHAN.

But it is understood any deal for the Derry City winger could be placed on the back burner with the Swans prepared to bide their time before the transfer window reopens.

Swansea have already had a bid, thought to be in the region of pounds 150,000, turned down by the FAI Premier League side for the 21-year-old.

And it is thought the Liberty Stadium side have gone back with an improved offer of around pounds 200,000 for the winger, who made his international debut against Hungary last month.

Swansea are in competition with an unnamed Championship club for the player, voted Ireland's PFA's Young Player of the Year.

But with Derry reluctant to let their prized asset leave and chairman Pat McDaid being stubborn over his valuation of the highly-rated youngster, Swansea are ready to let the Candystripes sweat with still three weeks left before the January window opens for business.

Derry are thought to be want substantial 'add-ons' included in any deal having promised his former club, Dungannon Swifts, a sell-on.

And they have already told Celtic to return with a real offer after the Scottish champions attempted to snatch the Dungannon-born wide man on a trial with a potential loan move tagged on.

But Derry could now be tested by Swansea's latest bid, especially with McGinn making it clear to sources around him that he has played his last game for the Irish outfit.

And having been entertained by the Swans at last week's South Wales derby, a friend of McGinn said: "Niall was impressed with the set-up at Swansea. He was shown around the club and they have top-class facilities.

"While it's expected a deal will go through in the next few weeks, he just wishes it was done and dusted and the speculation ended.

"He has had an excellent 10 months at Derry City and is just enjoying his time off at the minute.

"While he wants to continue to work hard with Derry City, he would jump at the chance of a move to the Championship."

Martinez is being coy on the transfer talk at present, but it is well known he is seeking the services of a wide player with pace to bolster his options ahead of a potential play-off push.

But any hopes of trying to land Jordi Gomez on a permanent contract ahead of the end of his loan deal in the summer have been hit by the arrival of a new manager at Espanyol.

Swans officials have thus been forced to wait.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Dec 7, 2008
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