Swansea City boss Garry Monk wants to sign Norwich City’s Martin Olsson

Swansea City boss Garry Monk confirms interest in Norwich City defender Martin Olsson. Picture by Pa

Swansea City boss Garry Monk confirms interest in Norwich City defender Martin Olsson. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Swansea City boss Garry Monk aims to tie up a deal for Norwich City left-back Martin Olsson after clinching the signing of another former Canaries' full-back Kyle Naughton.

The ex-Tottenham defender, who spent time on loan at Carrow Road, completed a reported £5m move to the Swans on Thursday. Monk later confirmed talks have taken place with the Canaries over bolstering his backline further with the addition of Swedish international Olsson.

The Canaries had reportedly slapped a £5m price tag on Olsson, who was previously linked to a top flight return with West Ham last summer, but the 26-year-old has been a ever-present for the Canaries after returning from an opening day red card at Wolves.

City boss Alex Neil revealed last week an initial enquiry from the Premier League outfit and Monk confirmed the clubs were now in further negotiations.

'We have had a look at him and the club have had discussions with Norwich,' said Monk, at his pre-match press call on Thursday afternoon. 'There are a few other options we have, so it's a case of getting the right target for the right price.'


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Monk also insisted Olsson's arrival does not hinge on the departure of current left-back Neil Taylor who has been touted with a January transfer window move to Crystal Palace.

'People will put things together, but Tayls has done well for us,' he said. 'I understand a bid came in, but I leave that to the club. Right now he is playing for us. He is happy here and I am happy with him, and my aim all along has been to get two players to push each other for the shirt.

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'I spoke in the summer about needing two players for each position and after Ben Davies left we have not had natural left-back who can really push Neil and it is an area I have spoken about. It is no secret and if we get the opportunity to do it we will. We have had a look at Olsson and had discussions with Norwich but that is as far as it is.'

Monk views new signing Naughton as offering competition for a place on the opposite flank.

'Kyle can play left-back but he is primarily as a right-back which is his strongest position,' he said. 'I always want to recruit young, hungry players with a point to prove and Kyle is one of them. It has not been a problem area, it is just a chance to improve the squad and that is an opportunity you cannot turn down.'

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