Sam Lucas has completed his transfer to Swansea City, which seals his return to the Premier League following his relegation with Hull City last season.
The 26-year-old won many admirers during his time in the top-flight last term, when he played in all but one of the Tigers’ league matches but was unable to prevent them dropping down into the Championship. He has played three times for the KC Stadium outfit in the second-tier this term, but it was always likely he would return to the Premier League before the window closed.
Burnley had been chasing Clucas for much of the summer and had at least one bid for his signature rejected, and this helped Swansea stay in the hunt. And the Liberty Stadium club have won the race for the midfielder, who has signed a four-year contract at the club after passing a medical to rubberstamp a transfer which could be worth as much as £16.5million to his former employers.
“I had a bitter sweet season last year with relegation,” Clucas told Swansea’s official club website. “From the first time I kicked a ball in the Premier League it was a dream come true. Once you’ve had a taste for the Premier League you always want to go back. So when the chance came up for me to do that again at Swansea City, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”
The Swans began the campaign with a creditable goalless draw at Southampton, but are still recovering from the 4-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester United last week. With talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson now no longer an option following his £45million move to Everton, Clucas could be in line to make his debut for the club when they take on Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.