By Harry Sykes
Swansea City have hijacked Newcastle United and Burnley’s bids to sign Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas, Football Insider sources understand.
Newcastle and Burnley had been leading the chase for Clucas, but now the Welsh club have entered the race to sign the left winger.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Newcastle have held discussions with Hull about a deal for Clucas, while Burnley have already seen two bids rejected for the player.
However, Swansea are now firmly in the running after banking £45million from the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton.
Paul Clement’s side are ready to test Hull’s resolve to hang onto Clucas by making a big-money bid for the player, who is renowned for his short and long-range passing from the left flank.
Swansea boss Clement is keen to add to his midfield options after finally selling Sigurdsson and Clucas is now one of his his top targets.
Clucas was one of Hull’s shining lights last season despite their relegation to the Championship, having missed just one Premier League game all season.
The 26-year-old, who signed a new three-year deal at Hull last summer, is understood to be keen on a move back to the Premier League.
Clucas has started all three of Hull’s opening Championship games this season and the club do not want to sell him after losing a a number of key performers following their relegation.
Missing out to Swansea for Clucas would come as another blow to Newcastle in this transfer window as Rafa Benitez has been continually frustrated in his pursuit of his top targets.
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