Fulham loan Rafik Halliche to Swansea City

Rafik Halliche
Rafik Halliche has won 21 caps for Algeria

Swansea City have added Rafik Halliche on loan from Fulham until January, subject to Premier League clearance.

The Algeria centre-back was the third defender signed by manager Brendan Rodgers on transfer deadline day.

Halliche, who is 25 on Friday, follows the permanent signings of Fede Bessone from Leeds and Darnel Situ from Lens.

Since joining Fulham from Benfica in August 2010 after impressing during the World Cup, Halliche has played just twice for the Cottagers.

Swansea urgently needed defensive cover after Alan Tate broke his leg in a golfing buggy accident last week, ruling the centre-back out for most of the season.

Although the initial loan period is for four months, Swansea may then seek to extend Halliche's deal until the end of the season.

The Liberty Stadium side had also enquired about Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Middlesbrough's Matthew Bates as they seek to survive in their first season in the Premier League.