Right-back Kyle Naughton of Tottenham Hotspur has been sold to fellow English Premier League club Swansea City in the current January transfer window. Welsh club Swansea announced they had signed the Englishman to a new 3.5-year contract and it’s believed they paid Spurs approximately five million pounds for the player. The 26-year-old Naughton is hoping to make his debut for Swansea immediately by playing in the team’s fourth-round FA Cup clash away to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, January 24th.
Naughton, who can also play in the left-back position, was happy with the move and told the official Swansea website, “I’m pleased it’s all done because there has been talk since the summer over a potential move. My main aim is to start playing regular football again. I know it’s going to be a tough challenge because there are some very good players here, but that’s my goal.”
Naughton is a former English Under-21 player who made 74 appearances for Spurs since signing at White Hart Lane back in 2009 from Sheffield United. However, he found himself on the bench for the majority of the 2014/15 season and started in just five out of the London club’s 22 Premier League matches. Swansea has now made three signings in the transfer window as they’ve also acquired Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira from Benfica on loan as well as Matt Grimes, a midfielder from Exeter City.
Ninth-place Swansea needed to add some depth to the squad if they hope to stay above the relegation zone for the rest of the 2014/15 season. The club recently found out that winger Wayne Routledge will be sidelined for up to a month with an injury. In addition, their leading scorer, striker Wilfried Bony of the Ivory Coast, was sold to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City for 28 million pounds.