Swansea City are plotting a summer move to sign Peterborough United defender Ryan Tafazolli.
The giant centre-half is available on a free transfer when his contract expires next month, and according to Football Insider, there are a host of clubs interested in securing his services.
They claim a source close to the Swans has revealed the club are eying a move for the defender who they feel would be excellent value with no fee involved. The Welsh club has been in the news lately with financial issues embroiling the club, and they are looking to boost their defensive options after finishing tenth in the Championship.
Tafazolli, twenty-seven, who is widely considered to be one of the best defenders in the lower leagues, joined Peterborough United three years ago from Mansfield Town and has made over one hundred appearances for the Posh.
With Swansea boss Graham Potter looking set to move to Premier League Brighton, The club is thought to be keen to move to bolster the squad amid fears Potter may take some of their promising young players with him. They are also planning to further trim the high earners from their ranks after relegation from the Premier League in 2018.
At well over six foot, Tafazolli would undoubtedly add a physical presence to their back line, but they may have a battle on their hands to get his signature after his release from Posh.
Tafazolli is a good player who could easily make the step up to Championship level, but I feel Swansea may well have a lot of convincing to do to get him to go to Wales.
His development at Posh means he is likely to be in big demand, and although Peterborough fans were disappointed with his exit, many accepted he was expected to leave when they failed in their playoff bid.
There have been rumours of Championship interest for a while, and it was no surprise when the club released him after refusing to sign a new contract.
He is one of those players supporters love, always ging everything to the cause and will be an excellent addition to most squads in the Championship.