Dimitar Berbatov: Bulgarian striker on Swansea City 'radar' - Bob Bradley

Dimi Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov played for Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham after moving to England from Bayer Leverkusen

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov is on Swansea City's "radar"' says manager Bob Bradley.

The 35-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Greek side PAOK in June.

Bradley said he was aware of the Bulgarian's desire to return to the Premier League.

"I have met Dimitar a few times and I know he is anxious to get back into the Premier League," Bradley said.

''Everyone inside our club knows that and so when there are discussions, his name is included.

"Where it takes us at this time I don't have an answer. But certainly I know about his intentions and I have certainly seen some of the good things he's done in the past.

'Yes he's on my radar - there are a lot of things on my radar right now.''

Berbatov scored 48 goals in 78 appearances for Bulgaria and had spells with Tottenham, United and Fulham before joining Monaco in 2014.

He spent two seasons with the Ligue 1 before moving to Greece where he spent the 2015-16 campaign with PAOK.

"When you've played in the Premier League you don't want to play anywhere else," Berbatov told BBC Radio 5 live.

Swansea are five points adrift from safety in the bottom three as they prepare to take on Manchester United.

Bob Bradley
Following defeat at Stoke, Bob Bradley's Swans are just one place off the bottom of the Premier League and already five points from safety

Bradley's opposite number Jose Mourinho will be in the stands at the Liberty Stadium serving a one-match touchline ban.

The Portuguese was sent to the stands by referee Mark Clattenburg for an incident "in or around the tunnel area during half-time," of last Saturday's goalless draw with Burnley.

Bradley said he could not be concerned with Mourinho's ban and added: ''For me the focus is on our team.

"I have met Jose along the way, have enjoyed a couple of very good conversations and I still hope I get a chance to catch up with him quickly.

''But the rest of what goes on... that is their side of the world. We have enough going on here in Swansea to take full focus.''

Asked whether Mourinho deserved his ban, Bradley said: ''I am a football manager so I tend to side with football managers in these kind of situations.

Jefferson Montero
Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero joined Swansea on four-year contract in July 2014

''But all of us have to deal with the fact that somewhere along the line you have to be smart about what you say and what you don't say.

"After the fact, it might feel good sometimes to get it out, but usually it doesn't change anything.

''I have not seen too many calls after the match that get reversed. Its part of what you deal with. It's easy after every game to look at all the things that did not go in your favour.

''But as I have said I don't believe in that. I think you have to focus on the part you control as a manager. ''

The Swans are set to welcome back Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero from injury for Sunday's game at the Liberty Stadium.

The Ecuadorian has not featured since Swansea's 1-0 defeat at Southampton on 18 September.

''He has an ability to make certain plays and make something special happen," Bradley added.

"That is always something that is important in the team.''

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