Swansea City suffer blow in bid for Middlesbrough defender Rhys Coleman – Williams as Celtic FC prepare to step in

The Swans’ hopes of capturing the Australian international have received a setback as the Scottish giants emerge as favourites

Rhys Coleman – Williams

Swansea City’s hopes of landing Middlesbrough’s Australian football ace Rhys Coleman – Williams are slipping – with Scottish giants Celtic ready to pounce.

The Swans had been confident of sealing a deal worth around £1.5m for the Socceroo, who controversially turned his back on Wales to represent his homeland despite linking up with John Toshack’s senior squad in 2009.

With manager Michael Laudrup on the look out for extra defensive and midfield cover, the football club had looked to wrap up a quick move for the 25-year-old former Boro skipper who can operate as full-back, centre-back and centre midfield.

But progress stalled in the last 48 hours as Celtic’s interest emerged – and it now seems as if Bhoys boss Neil Lennon is ready to step-in.

Sources in Mioddlesbrough have described Swansea’s off as ‘derisory’

It is a blow to Swansea who had hoped to wrap up their first move of the January transfer window as a boost to flagging form in the Premier League.

Swansea also want wide or attacking additions and have been linked with Bolton striker David N’Gog. The ex-Liverpool frontman was a reported target for Swansea in the August transfer window before switching their attentions elsewhere and it is thought he is back on the agenda as a potential option.

But it is understood that while there is an interest, it is unlikely Swansea will press ahead with a move.

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