Swansea City have moved to hijack a deal for Leeds United midfielder Darko Gyabi, as reported by Football Insider.
Earlier today, it was reported that Fleetwood Town were closing in on the loan signing of Gyabi from the Championship club. That move was said to be all but done for Scott Brown’s side, with the 19-year-old agreeing to the switch. However, the League One outfit’s hopes of the signing have been dented as Michael Duff’s Swansea have swooped at the last minute to sign the teenage midfielder.
Swansea City have been looking to strengthen their midfield this summer after several signings, including Blackpool star Jerry Yates, as well as the Swans securing one exciting midfielder in Charlie Patino, arriving on loan from Arsenal. It is unknown whether the switch is permanent or a loan, but given that Leeds rejected a transfer offer of around £4 million from Valenciennes, it can be expected that it is a loan spell.
Gyabi has only featured for one minute in the Championship for Leeds since their relegation from the Premier League, a brief cameo appearance in their 4-3 win over Ipswich Town. He was named in the EFL Cup starting XI against Shrewsbury Town but was substituted at half-time after failing to impress. The midfielder arrived from Premier League champions Manchester City as part of the deal that saw Kalvin Phillips move to the Etihad. He has made five senior appearances since arriving at Elland Road but has been impressive in the Premier League 2 with two goals and three assists in 18 appearances.
Gyabi could have been a vital part of Fleetwood Town’s side this season had he joined Scott Brown’s side. However, he could still play that role with Michael Duff, a manager known for working well with loan players, Mattie Pollock being an example during Duff’s time with Cheltenham Town. Playing at Swansea could give Gyabi the experience Leeds hopes for him to get, as well as an exciting link-up in midfield with Charlie Patino.