Swansea City are set to battle it out with bitter rivals Cardiff City for Brighton and Hove Albion’s 21-year-old midfielder Marc Leonard after his fine start to the season with Northampton Town.
The Swans secured the signing of former Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie this past week on a short-term deal but are on the hunt to add more quality to their midfield ranks.
According to Football Insider, the Welsh outfit are interested in bringing Leonard to the Swansea.com Stadium this January, cutting his loan deal with the Cobblers short. However, the outlet are claiming that rivals Cardiff and clubs from Europe are also in the running for his signature.
The young midfielder was on loan at Sixfields last season and had a tremendous campaign under Jon Brady as Northampton earned promotion to League One. Upon returning, Leonard penned a new deal with the club and was sent back out on loan to the Northamptonshire club.
Leonard’s new contract with the Seagulls runs until 2025, with the option to extend his stay on the south coast by a further year. Nevertheless, Leonard may only make it six months into his new deal as a result of interest from clubs in the Championship and abroad.
Brighton’s technical director David Weir was full of praise for the former Scotland U21s international during the summer, describing his spell with the Cobblers as “excellent”.
Once more this season, Leonard has been tremendous under Brady in League One and earned the Man of the Match award in a 2-1 win at home against Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon.
If the rumours are true, Saturday’s match could be one of the last times Northampton Town supporters get to see Leonard in a Cobblers shirt.
However, Leonard looks good enough to play in the Championship, particularly in a side that suits his style of play, with Swansea City fitting this bill so perhaps a deal is possible when January rolls around.