Ex men: Former boss Brendan Rodgers would not sell Sturridge

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

John Hartson is convinced Brendan Rodgers will be appointed the new manager of Swansea in the summer.

The former Liverpool manager is being eyed by the Premier League club as they edge towards a takeover worth a potential £140million.

Current boss Francesco Guidolin is said to be almost certain to depart at the end of the season and Rodgers has emerged as the preferred choice to replace him.

Former Wales international Hartson believes Rodgers will return to the Liberty Stadium to manage the club for a second time.

“I think Brendan will go back,” Hartson told talkSPORT on Friday morning. “He did okay at Liverpool but I think Brendan and Swansea are a good fit, and he will be a good choice.

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“He took the club to the Premier League for the first time in 30 years and he’s a really good manager.”

The 43-year-old Irishman has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool last October but will consider a move back to South Wales, four years after leaving the club.

Rodgers managed Swansea for two seasons from 2010 to 2012, winning promotion from the Championship in his first season before establishing them in the Premier League the following campaign.

Swansea have released a statement to confirm they are negotiating a deal with American businessmen Jason Levein and Stephen Kaplan in a takeover which will ensure current chairman Huw Jenkins remains on the board.

The deal is worth an initial £110million, with the promise of a further £30million going towards new signings and stadium improvements.

Rodgers has already been discussed in opening talks with the new investors and Jenkins is ready to make an approach before the summer.

Swansea have 40 Premier League points and have comfortably guaranteed their top-flight status for next season.