Swansea City boosted in Steven Caulker loan bid

Steven Caulker
Steven Caulker won Bristol City's young player of the award last season

Premier League newcomers Swansea City have moved a step closer to the signing of young Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old impressed during a loan season at Bristol City last term but their bid for Caulker to return failed.

Robins boss Keith Millen revealed: "We knew Tottenham were keen on getting Steven on loan in the Premier League.

"I always felt a Premier League club may come calling and it seems like Swansea have."

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers hopes the England Under-21 international will become his second signing since he guided the Welsh club to top-flight promotion.

Rodgers signed Watford striker Danny Graham, last season's Championship 24-goal top-scorer, for a club record £3.5m just a week after Swansea beat Reading 4-2 in the Championship play-off final to secure promotion.

And Rodgers wants Caulker to bolster his defensive options as the 6ft 3in centre-back would strengthen a back-line that includes Ashley Williams, Garry Monk and Alan Tate.

Caulker won Bristol City's young player of the year award last season before suffering a knee cartilage injury that ended his season early in March.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins admitted last week: "Steven Caulker, yes, is a player Brendan is interested in bringing in and we're actually speaking to Tottenham about that, and we'll hope to perhaps conclude something this week."