Dougie Freedman has confirmed Swansea City’s interest in David N’Gog, and expects a deal to happen over the weekend.
Michael Laudrup is keen to add to his attacking options during the January window, to stave off the threat of a relegation battle at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans have lost five of their eight matches, and have not recorded a win in the Premier League since their 3-0 triumph over Newcastle United on 3 December.
All this has seen them slip to 15th in the standings, just three points above the bottom three. The absence of Michu, who was an inspiration last season, has been a huge blow for the Welsh club, with knee and ankle problems forcing the Spanish forward to miss 10 of their games and every one for over a month.
Laudrup is now looking to bolster his front line with the signing for French striker N’Gog, who is currently at Bolton Wanderers. The former Liverpool youngster will become a free agent when his contract expires in the summer, so the Swans manager is hoping to land the 24-year-old for a cut-price figure this month.
N’Gog, who has scored three goals in 17 league games this term, is in danger of being dragged into a relegation zone of his own with Bolton, who are just four points above the drop. However, Reebok Stadium boss Freedman is realistic enough to accept that this is a battle he will likely have to face without his number 9.
“Swansea enquired on Wednesday evening about David N’Gog’s availability,” said Freedman. “As we speak right now the two chairmen are talking to see what they can do or what they would like to do. David N’Gog is aware of it and he’s also having a look at his position. There’s six months to go left on his contract.
“I’m in a difficult position; it’s very hard to stop a young player going to the Premier League and it’s very hard to stop a player with six months left on his contract. I’d like to think every player has the desire to play in the Premier League. It’s going to be very difficult to think he would be here on the Monday morning.”