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Swansea in 'advanced talks' for Cork

The midfielder's contract is set to expire this summer and could be on his way out of St. Mary's this January.

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UPDATE Friday, January 30: Ronald Koeman has acknowledged that the midfielder is close to leaving Southampton.

He also confirmed the club's interest in Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord) and Filip Duričić.

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Swansea City are understood to be in advanced talks with Southampton over the signing of Jack Cork.

The midfielder will be out-of-contract at the end of the season and has not given an indication whether he will extend his contract or leave the club.

The Saints has reportedly offered Cork a new contract earlier this month, but it seems that neither party has come to an agreement. Which may explain why Southampton is open to offers for the 25-year old, as they may risk losing him for nothing in the summer.

Should both clubs agree on a fee, The Saints will be racing against time to bring in a replacement for Cork. With injuries to Schneiderlin and Wanyama, it leaves Southampton short of options in the midfield area.

Jordy Clasie has been linked as a possible replacement. Clasie, currently Feyenoord's skipper, played under Ronald Koeman for three seasons, prior to the latter's departure to St. Mary's.

With Southampton set to face Swansea this weekend, they may find a familiar face among Swans' lineup.