The January transfer of Southampton striker Michael Obafemi to Swansea City has collapsed, Football Insider has learned.
This site revealed last Sunday that the Championship outfit were in advanced talks to sign Obafemi, 20, on loan for the rest of the season.
The deal had been agreed in principle after Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl gave Obafemi the green light to leave in search of regular football.
— MO (@michaelobafemi_) July 14, 2020
But Swansea are now working on alternative Premier League loan targets after Obafemi broke down with an injury sustained in training.
It means his prospective move to the Swans is dead in the water and a lengthy period of rehabilitation is in store.
It is a major blow to the Championship promotion hopefuls as well as the player himself.
Obafemi was keen to follow in the footsteps of Rhian Brewster, who shone at Swansea while on loan from Liverpool in the second half of last season.
The Saints front man has struggled for game time at St Mary’s this season, as he has slipped down the pecking order behind Danny Ings, Che Adams, Shane Long and Theo Walcott.
Hasenhuttl has deployed a twin striker system and paired loanee Walcott with main man Ings in Monday’s 1-0 win over Liverpool.
Obafemi has just 19 minutes of senior action this season, from two substitute appearances.
This comes after the Republic of Ireland international contributed three goals and two assists in 21 league appearances last term.
Second-placed Swans are well placed to secure promotion to the Premier League, with 43 points from 23 matches.
The Welsh side boast the best defence in the division, having conceded just 13 goals at the halfway point of their league campaign