Swansea confident Steve Cooper will be key to signing of Chelsea’s Palmer

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Steve Cooper to help sign Kasey Palmer

Swansea are confident manager, Steve Cooper will be a vital key to sign Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer ahead of their Championship rivals Bristol City.

The England Under-17 World Cup-winning boss knows Three Lions youth international Palmer well from his time at the Football Association and has strong links with the Blues.

Palmer is keen to find a permanent home after six loan spells with five different clubs and Chelsea are willing to accept an offer of around £3.5million.

But with Swansea feeling the strain of the financial impact of Premier League relegation two seasons ago, they are only in a position to make a loan offer with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Palmer has featured three times under Frank Lampard during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign, but does not appear to have done enough to earn a spot in their 25-man Premier League squad.

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”Kasey has been out in Japan with Chelsea and he’s played some minutes for them,’ said Cooper.

”There are lots of players we have let our interest known on. It’s difficult to make massive progress when the big Premier League clubs are away on pre-season tours.

”They’re back in England now and hopefully that might help with the players we’re looking at. Ideally you want to get players in as quickly as possible, but it’s never easy as I’m finding out.’

Swansea chairman Trevor Birch appointed Andy Scott as head of recruitment last week and he got straight down to work to secure the loan signing of promising Watford defender Ben Wilmot.

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Birch is still trying to make up for the £30m shortfall following Swansea’s Premier League relegation, in 2017, but he believes the club can flourish again once he has helped lay a solid foundation.

Birch was chief executive of Chelsea when the club was sold to Roman Abramovich in 2003. He has also worked at Leeds, Everton, Derby and Sheffield United and stepped in at Portsmouth, Hearts and Bolton when all three sides were in financial turmoil.

”This is a relatively comfortable situation compared to some I’ve been in before,’ Birch said.

”The most important thing for me is getting a solid infrastructure behind the scenes.’

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