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USMNT, Spurs defender Carter-Vickers close to Swansea move

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Multiple reports claim that Tottenham Hotspur and U.S. national team defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is heading to Swansea City on loan.

Carter-Vickers, 20, spent last season on loan at Sheffield United and Ipswich Town in the second-tier and he then spent the summer as one of Tottenham’s starting center backs on their preseason tour of the U.S.

The USMNT youngster look to have benefitted from that experience greatly and he signed a new contract in May, with his impressive display for the U.S. in a 1-1 draw against France in Lyon in June underlining his potential.

Per the BBC, Carter-Vickers will head to Swansea to fill the gap left by Federico Fernandez who signed for Newcastle United in the summer, as well as Alfie Mawson leaving for Fulham and fellow center backs Kyle Bartley and Jordi Amat moving on.

Is this a good loan move for CCV? It certainly seems like an upgrade on his past two loan moves as both Sheffield United and Ipswich were steady midtable Championship teams, while Swansea are one of the favorites for promotion straight back to the Premier League and new manager Graham Potter has restored their free-flowing style of play as they’re unbeaten and sit sixth in the Championship table.

The next 12-18 months are crucial for CCV’s development, with Mauricio Pochettino a huge fan of his as he was made the captain of Spurs’ reserve squad as a teenager. The powerful defender has an impressive turn of pace and aerial ability, while more time on loan in the Championship should sharpen up his reading of the game and positional sense. With Toby Alderweireld‘s future at Spurs uncertain given his contract dispute, it appears that CCV and Juan Foyth could soon be battling for a more prominent role alongside Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.

Alongside Matt Miazga‘s loan move from Chelsea to Nantes in France’s top-flight, this is good news for the USMNT as both of their young center backs could be playing regularly this season at a higher level than they were in previous months.

CCV and Miazga have been center back partners since their team at the U-20 World Cup in 2015 and they’ve looked very comfortable when playing together for the full national team under interim coach Dave Sarachan in recent months.

Reports: Spurs’ USMNT back Carter-Vickers moving toward loan

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American defender Cameron Carter-Vickers may be set for another loan from Tottenham Hotspur to the English second tier.

CCV, 20, played 17 times each during loans to Sheffield United and Ipswich Town last season, scoring a goal with two assists for the Blades.

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He’s made four Cup appearances for Spurs, all in 2016-17 and all 90-minute performances at center back.

Carter-Vickers also has four USMNT caps, and is likely to get a call-up for next month’s friendlies.

Reports have linked the center back with defense-starved Swansea City, a return to Ipswich Town, or a move to Sheffield Wednesday. All have hopes of promotion to the Premier League, though the latter two have started poorly.

CCV is behind Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, and probably Juan Foyth on the Spurs depth chart.

Deadline Deals: Full list of Thursday’s Premier League moves

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The Premier League’s new transfer deadline hit with a flurry of moves joining a window that burst into life early with single names like Fabinho and Fred finding new clubs.

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Newcastle United snuck a deal over the line, adding Swansea City captain Federico Fernandez to help ease the burden of Florian Lejeune‘s long-term injury.

Fulham went big, adding five players. And the names are impressive, headlined by midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa from Marseille and goalkeeper Sergio Rico, on loan from Sevilla. Also joining the Cottagers are Timothy-Fosu Mensah (loan, Manchester United), Joe Bryan ($10 million, Bristol City), and Luciano Vietto (loan, Atletico Madrid).

Everton was also busy, completing a move for Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer in addition to $36.6 million defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona, and also taking Andre Gomes on loan from the Blaugranas.

Chelsea gets Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid, and

Wolverhampton takes Leander Dendocker on loan from Anderlecht.

Man City adds 19-year-old Australian striker Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City.

Southampton will take Danny Ings on loan from Liverpool with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

West Ham United buys striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal, and also added Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina.

Crystal Palace is taking Jordan Ayew on loan from Swansea City.

Huddersfield Town will take Isaac Mbenza on loan from Montpellier.

Brighton and Hove Albion nabbed two players on a permanent basis, Peter Gwargis from Jonkopings Sodra and Dan Burn of Wigan Athletic.

Cardiff City is loaning Real Betis’ Victor Camarasa.

Leicester City signs Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb.

Fulham captures another in Swansea defender Mawson

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One of the most active Premier League teams in the 2018 summer transfer window strikes again.

Fulham has announced the signing of young Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson for an undisclosed fee reported to be about $19 million. The 23-year-old has not been called up to the England international squad but is considered to be in the fold over the past few years, having made appearances for the England U-21 squad in the past.

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Mawson, who came through the Brentford youth system before moving to Swansea City two summers ago, made 65 league appearances for Swansea over the past two years, including last season when he played every minute of all 38 Premier League games for the Swans who were relegated with an 18th placed finish.

“I’m really happy to get this over the line and join Fulham,” Mawson said in the official club release. “I’m excited by the project going on here and the football being played last season was lovely on the eye but also effective and I can’t wait to be a part of it and get going. ”

We’re still not sure how they didn’t go with the hashtag #Mawsome, but we’ll let it slide. This time.

“I’m pleased to announce that Fulham Football Club has signed Alfie Mawson!” said recruitment chair Tony Khan, son of owner Shahid Khan. “Alfie is an exciting young player with a strong future at a position of major importance to our club. Alfie is also very highly regarded by our scouting department and our data analysts, giving us great confidence in our back line as we prepare long term for Premier League competition.”

With Tony Khan at the helm, the Cottagers have spent a surprising amount of money this summer, but have also been praised for their intelligent buys. They broke their transfer record to bring in midfield passing wizard Jean-Michael Seri from French club Nice, with top clubs such as AC Milan on his heels. They secured striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent basis for a hefty fee, and brought in former Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle in on a two-year loan, almost unheard of for a player in his prime.

The Whites may not be done, either. They’re rumored to be after a left-back – with no one natural in that position currently on the roster – in particular Southampton’s Matt Targett who impressed last season on loan with Fulham and has had a solid preseason.

Fulham set to sign Swansea’s $26M Mawson

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Fulham is ready to spend big to add Premier League experience to its back line.

Alfie Mawson is the name, and the 24-year-old did his best to keep Swansea City in the top flight last season.

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Mawson took some time to adjust to the league after arriving from Barnsley in 2016, with some rough performances under Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley.

But he found his form as Swans beat the drop in 2017, and then had a fine season at both ends of the pitch in 2017-18. He’s scored six goals since the calendar hit 2017.

Mawson could pair with USMNT center back Tim Ream, who signed a new deal at Craven Cottage this summer.

The move calls to mind a cheaper buy from a relegated club that certainly paid dividends: Leicester’s purchase of Harry Maguire from Hull City.