The Window Is Starting To Close, So All The Welsh Managers Have Their Eyes On The Front Door

Swansea City and Cardiff City both have their eyes on the front door as well as the ball as they head into the third weekend of Championship football.

Both Welsh clubs are keen to do more in the transfer window before it closes at 11pm on Friday September 1 and expect those revolving doors to be spinning.

The Swans have so far brought in eight players under new head coach Michael Duff, while there have also been eight departures.

The one player many expected to go – star striker Joel Piroe is still there – and it’s not just fans who are surprised no-one has come in for the Dutch striker who has scored over 40 goals in his two seasons with the club.

“Am I surprised? Probably,” said Duff, whose team host Coventry City on Saturday.

“He’s a good player but the flip side to that is that you’d be disappointed if none of your players were linked anywhere because you wouldn’t have a very good squad.

“As far as I’m aware I don’t think there’s been a concrete bid.

“You don’t get in to the last two weeks of the transfer window where no-one moves in or out, so you have to be reactive and proactive at the same time.

“There has been a revolving door. There have been new faces which is good, new energy which is good, but it’ll take a little bit of time to knit it all together.”

At Cardiff, manager Erol Bulut has admitted he needs to sign another goalkeeper and that links with Arsenal’s Alex Runarsson could lead to a move.

The Bluebirds boss also want to make more signings before the close of the transfer window, and possibly before this Saturday’s Championship match at Leicester City.

Icelandic international Runarsson is being primed for a loan move and it’s understood that Cardiff is his most likely destination.

The 28-year-old has only made one Premier League appearance for the Gunners, but is known to Bulut from a spell playing in Turkey for Alanyaspor.

“He was at Alanyaspor and he had a good season there,” said Bulut.

“I was at Gaziantep [at the time]. We are looking because we have only two [goalkeepers] and we need three. There are others too we are looking at.”

As a result of the transfer embargo in place until January, the Bluebirds can only make acquisitions through free transfers or loan deals.

So far this summer, the club have made six signings, but Bulut still believes his squad – who have begun their campaign with a draw at Leeds United and a defeat at home to QPR – requires reinforcements.

The club are also keen to sign Greece midfielder Manolis Siopis, who could arrive on a free transfer after leaving Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Both Cardiff and Swansea have one point from their opening two games, but Wrexham are up and running with three points from their recent victory over Walsall.

The Dragons will look to continue that momentum when they host Swindon Town, but manager Phil Parkinson feels he is in the same position as Duff and Bulut.

Despite his club’s decent start to their League Two campaign, he says: “We have got work to do in the transfer market and we have got work to do as a team.”

Newport County are away at Forest Green Rovers and aiming to build on one victory and one defeat so far.

But they have suffered a significant blow with the loss of defender Kyle Jameson for a number of weeks with a hip injury.