By Harvey Byrne
Swansea manager Paul Clement has shared that he told both Matt Grimes and Kyle Bartley that he would look at them before looking elsewhere while the duo were at Leeds.
Clement was appointed manager of the Swans in January following the sacking of Bob Bradley and he has managed to keep the Welsh club in the Premier League with one game to spare.
He will have been aware that a number of players contracted to Swansea were away from the club and some he may not have had a chance to see yet like Grimes and Bartley, who both spent the season on loan at the Yorkshire giants.
It was reported by Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that Leeds would pursue a move for Bartley after his loan deal expired.
Loanees Bartley, Sacko, Barrow, Grimes + Pedraza have rejoined parent clubs. Leeds expected to pursue perm. deals with Bartley and Sacko.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 17, 2017
However, Clement has since told that he spoke to the central defender alongside Grimes and assured them both that he would have a good look at them before looking for possible new signings.
“The last thing I saw, he [Bafetimbi Gomis] was keen to stay where he was, but now we are staying in the Premier League it could be an attractive proposition for him to come and play back here,” Clement said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“Bafe is the one [loan] player I have not spoken to. But there are possibilities.
“When I spoke to Matty Grimes and Kyle Bartley at Leeds, I said ‘you’re Swansea players’ and before I look anywhere else I’m going to look at what we have got from within.
“We want people back pre-season to train and we will go from there.”
Bartley was a key part of the Swansea back four this season, playing in 45 of their 46 league games and it would be a huge boost if Leeds were able to bring him back to the club.
Meanwhile, Grimes had a differing spell at the club and returns to Swansea with his last league appearance for Leeds coming as an eight minute substitute in a 2-0 win over Reading in December.
Leeds manager Garry Monk will also now be scouring the transfer markets as he aims to improve the club’s seventh placing in the next campaign.