Watford 1-2 Swansea: Carvalhal gets shock comeback W

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  • Swans win Carvalhal’s debut
  • Watford led 1-0 into 85th
  • Ayew, Narsingh score late

Luciano Narsingh was on the doorstep to poke home a late rebound as Swansea City came back to beat Watford 2-1 in Carlos Carvalhal’s first match as Swans manager.

Andre Carrillo put Watford ahead at Vicarage Road, but the Hornets found another way to lose when Jordan Ayew and Narsingh both scored in the final five minutes.

Swansea is in 19th place with 16 points, just two back of safety, while Watford’s 25 points have them 10th.

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It didn’t take long for new boss Carlos Carvalhal to feel what Paul Clement, Bob Bradley, and Francesco Guidolin have felt: concession.

Richarlison forced Lukasz Fabianski into a save, but Carrillo was right there to deposit the rebound for 1-0 after 11 minutes.

 

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Molla Wague looked to have a goal in his second-straight match, but his headed goal was nullified by a borderline foul in the 18.

And Richarlison cued up Andre Gray for a late 1v1 that he cranked directly at Fabianski.

That’s about when Swans started Hornets heads spinning, with Ayew tapped in from Oliver McBurnie‘s assist and Narsingh passing a rebound home four minutes later.

Transfer rumor roundup: Lyon rejected for Memphis; battle for Bakayoko

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Memphis Depay has made all of four substitute appearances (in the Premier League) for Manchester United this season (zero goals), leading a whole host of clubs across Europe, including Ligue 1 side Lyon, to believe he’s available during the January transfer window. As such, Lyon have bid for the 22-year-old Dutch winger, but Man United are prepared to say no to anything under their $18-million valuation. His $122,000-per-week wages will likely prove a stumbling block in a potential move to a non-PL club.

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With Morgan Schneiderlin officially out the door, Jose Mourinho has: 1) money to spend, and 2) a need for midfield depth. Enter Tiemoue Bakayoko, Monaco’s 22-year-old destroyer. He’s expected to fetch a fee of nearly $50 million, and Chelsea are rumored to be interested as well, so the three sides may have to return to the negotiating table in the summer to hash out a resolution.

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John Terry‘s time at Chelsea is inching closer and closer to expiring, which means someone must be anointed his “successor” at the center back position. Ben Gibson, currently at Middlesbrough, is reportedly that man. The Blues may have to go as high as $35 million to sign the 23-year-old away from Boro, which shouldn’t be a stumbling block at all.

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Swansea City are expected to be one of the PL’s busier sides this month, with Thursday’s capture of Luciano Narsingh their first foray into the market. Now, according to new manager Paul Clement has confirmed the club are speaking with Tottenham Hotspur about midfielder Tom Carroll. The 24-year-old has fallen well down Mauricio Pochettino‘s depth chart, and is expected to end his 10-year stay in north London before the window closes, despite having signed a new contract (through 2019) in September.

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Tom Cleverley has moved from Everton to Watford, on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer.

Juventus reportedly covet Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

West Ham have reportedly made another bid for Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass, this time at just over $6 million.

Swansea City on verge of landing Dutch, Swedish national teamers

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If Paul Clement and Swansea City go down, it will not be without bringing in more talent for the fight.

The Premier League’s relegation strugglers, who fired Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley between the summer and January transfer windows, appear close to adding an exciting attacking talent.

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Wales Online has the report that Swansea will purchase PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh for a cut-rate price of around $5 million.  The same outlet quotes same price for Norwich City back Martin Olsson, who has almost 150 Premier League appearances with the Canaries and Blackburn.

Narsingh, 26, has 16 caps and four goals for the Netherlands, and has been an effective contributor to PSV since arriving from Heerenveen in 2012.

Swansea needs backs more than anything, so the Olsson signing feels more pressing, but someone to take the pressure off Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente is a big step for the Welsh side. We’re sure Bradley and Guidolin are envious of the addition, but both are still minor purchase (in terms of price, not value). Let’s see who else arrives at Swansea, but this is promising.

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