|Town and Swans Begin Scotland Talks|
Wednesday, 13th Jul 2011 09:54
Town chief executive Simon Clegg and Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins opened talks regarding Jason Scotland’s proposed return to the Swans last night, according to reports in Wales. News of the Welsh club’s renewed move for the Trinidad and Tobago international first broke yesterday, although with no official contact having been made by the time manager Paul Jewell spoke after yesterday’s 2-0 win at FC Eindhoven.
Swansea are reported to want to sign Scotland, who has a year left on his Blues contract, on a free transfer, while Town are said to be looking for a deal where they receive up to £500,000 based on the 32-year-old’s appearances and goals in what would be his second spell at the Liberty Stadium.
Scotland, who appears to be surplus to requirements at Portman Road since the signings of Michael Chopra and Nathan Ellington and with a third new frontman also targeted, enjoyed a highly successful spell with the Swans between 2007 and 2009, scoring 53 goals in 91 starts and 14 sub appearances.
The now-Premier League side made an attempt to sign last summer’s £750,000 recruit from Wigan Athletic on loan in February but the clubs were unable to agree a deal.
After that move broke down, Swansea took fellow Blue Tamás Priskin on loan for the remainder of the season, a deal which eventually led to the recently resolved spat between the clubs regarding the Swans’ failure to pay Town £300,000 in wages and a bonus relating to the Welsh side’s promotion through the play-offs.
Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday were previously linked with Scotland this summer, although the Owls appear confused about their interest with owner Milan Mandaric confirming it but manager Gary Megson dismissing the claims. Rumours over the last couple of days have linked Barnsley.
We understand Simon Clegg is due in Dublin today for one of his regular meetings with club owner and chairman Marcus Evans, with Scotland's proposed switch to Swansea and Town's offers for a striker and a wideman certain to be on the agenda.
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|robdaful added 10:06 - Jul 13|
Good news. Gets wages off. But Swansea are taking the P, wanting a free transfer
|Trickster added 10:09 - Jul 13|
I'd rather have scotland than priskin. Scotland scored 10 goals last season and that was without any help from our cr@ppy midfield. Priskin got 5.
|robdaful added 10:10 - Jul 13|
+ I think this shows we need to sign player on at least a 3 year deal as if they become flops in there first season we should be able to get money back.
|BlueAlex added 10:11 - Jul 13|
Would be a good move for him but needs to be for us too.
|BwoodBlue added 10:12 - Jul 13|
Think he's had a bit of a rough ride considering he got 10 goals in a not exactly free scoring team last season but he's getting on a bit and if we get a few quid for him and free up some wages I think we'd be better of letting him go and getting in a better/younger replacement
|Superfrans added 10:15 - Jul 13|
I'm baffled that a Premiership club would want Scotland, unless they have looked at his 10 goal tally and not his waistband. He would potentially set League One alight, but would be average in the Championship and pointless in the Prem.
Thanks for the season, Jason - and good luck.
|blueoff added 10:19 - Jul 13|
Stop mucking about cleggy & just be pleased another club wants him! and that you can off load him
|Matteo_Sereni added 10:28 - Jul 13|
why the hell do Swansea want him? He's no good in the championship...he won't get a touch in the Prem!
|dirtydingusmagee added 10:45 - Jul 13|
im with you trickster, id rather Priskin was offloaded .Both if poss.
|blue1986 added 10:45 - Jul 13|
Do not understand why most of you are hard on Scotland, 10 goals last season in a poor team and being played as a lone striker and to score 10 goals aint to bad. Good luck Scotland whatever the outcome!
|parkinshair added 10:54 - Jul 13|
Swansea really are as tight as a gnat's chuff.
£500,000 is nothing to them now they are in the premier league. But the most important thing is to get Scotland off the wage bill as I imagine he will be an expensive bench warmer next season.
|Special_A added 10:54 - Jul 13|
It is a shame things didn't work out for him here, but time to move on. Can't wait for our next signing!
|Jsl_itfc added 10:54 - Jul 13|
I liked Scotland but he doesn't have a future with us
Therefore selling him would be best as long as we get Evans or Sharp - don't want Sordell
|brian_a_mul added 10:54 - Jul 13|
Thanks Jason for you efforts and 10 goals in a flaky team is a decent return considering the chopping and changing the club/squad went through last season.
Priskin was one of our best players during the first 3rd of the last campagne, picking up a few MOM awards. RK dropped him for whatever reasons and Tamas diddnt get much of a look in afterwards.
Tamas still has good quality and is at the age where he will be getting consistant. I would definitely look to keep him as I believe he still has a lot to offer but he may not fit PJ's more direct style of football.
|TownOnTheUp added 11:21 - Jul 13|
I'm waiting for Swansea to yell "PSYCHE" and run for the hills
|UsualSuspect added 11:32 - Jul 13|
Never really worked out for him here, although I wish it had, carried too much wait & was never 100% match fit imo.Inexcusable really when you consider the weekly wage he was on, having said that all the best Jason I wish you well.
|Vic added 11:40 - Jul 13|
Shame if he goes. He was a our 2nd highest scorer last year despite being a porker and playing in a poor team. I think he's still got goals in him and would be a decent back up and isn't such a confidence player as Priskin seems to be.
|Bergholtblue added 11:46 - Jul 13|
First they tried not to pay for Priskin's loan, now want Scotland on a free. Who the hell do these tight fisted sheepsh*ggers think they are?
As I said yesterday. Make sure we get the full whack for him and get it in cash. Would not trust any cheques from that lot.
|WickedBlue added 12:22 - Jul 13|
All those going on about how Scotland won't be any good in premier...Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I think he'd be perfect and is worth every penny of £500,000............his silky ball control skills, his speed passing defenders and though he only scored 10 last year it was a very poor side.....Swansea I think your getting a bargain!!!!!!
|DoobDude added 12:23 - Jul 13|
One od the worst strikers I've ever seen, with the chances he had last season should have scored 25, selling him on a free is great business. I will drive him to Wales myself to make sure he has gone!
|Breedonblue added 12:30 - Jul 13|
I think if he had the right type of service i.e. ball to feet he could still score shed loads. Unfortunately all he got last year was high hoofballs, which he is never going to do well with being vertically challenged.
In a proper footballing team like Swansea he’d thrive…
|naa added 12:32 - Jul 13|
DoobDude: really? We had one of the least creative teams I've ever seen, and certainly the least creative Ipswich team I've ever seen. He barely had 25 chances all season.
There's no denying his goal ratio ina poor team was actually pretty decent. But he's not Jewell's kind of player and is very unmobile.
I can't believe a premier league team want him but fair play. I also think asking for £500k based on performance is also perfectly reasonable.
|Jeff_winger added 12:42 - Jul 13|
Bit off topic but did any one see poor josh meekings last night, had been doing well at inverness caley, then last night in friendly against yeovil his old mate Ed upson accidently done his ankle. :( good luck Josh
|johnhazelbum added 12:54 - Jul 13|
be careful what you wish for, his 10 goals kept us out of a relegation scrap.
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