By Dominic Toner
Swansea have completed the signing of defender Alfie Mawson.
The Premier League club announced on their website that they have signed the 22-year-old from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee and he has signed a four-year deal.
Wolves, Newcastle, Bristol City and Sunderland were all interested in the defender alongside Leeds but Swansea have beaten off competition to land the youngster.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 30, 2016
Yorkshire Evening Post writer Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had gone to Barnsley’s play-off final against Millwall to watch Mawson in action.
Cellino watched Barnsley-Millwall at Wembley on Sunday, though in part to scout Sam Winnall and centre-back Alfie Mawson.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 31, 2016
Meanwhile, July 24th’s edition of The Sun (page 63) claimed that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez was also keeping tabs on the Barnsley captain.
It is believed that Barnsley have previously knocked back a bid in the region of £1million from Bristol City.
The Yorkshire club aren’t short on cash either, after they received £7million of the £47.5million which saw former Tykes defender John Stones leave Everton for Manchester City.
Mawson had two-years left on his current Barnsley deal but he has opted to switch to Premier League football with Swansea.
The defender has been a key to Barnsley’s impressive start to the new campaign playing in all five of the club’s encounters.
In other Leeds transfer news, they have submitted a bid for a former West Ham midfielder and had a response.