Swansea City in talks to sign United States forward Jordan Morris on six-month loan

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Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris, right, tries to advance the ball past Columbus Crew's Aidan Morris during the second half of the MLS Cup championship game in Columbus - AP
Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris, right, tries to advance the ball past Columbus Crew's Aidan Morris during the second half of the MLS Cup championship game in Columbus - AP

Swansea City are set to land USA forward Jordan Morris in one of the biggest transfer coups of the January window.

The Championship club are poised to beat Bundesliga clubs including Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen to land the 26-year-old after competing with Fiorentina in Italy for the Seattle Sounders winger.

He is set to be part of Steve Cooper’s squad at the Liberty Stadium for the rest of the campaign, with the former England Under-17 manager and his recruitment team pushing for Morris to be one of the main targets in the window and believing he would fit into the team’s style of play.

Morris had indicated he could move away from America after losing in the MLS Cup final last year, attracting interest from European clubs after his consistent performances in his homeland.

He rated highly in Swansea’s data analysis of potential targets, but they still faced strong competition to land one of the most sought-after loan players. According to sources at Swansea, he could arrive next week as USA players are currently in a training camp in Florida.

Morris has been a first-team player for Seattle for five years and has broken into the national team during that time.

He had also previously impressed in a trial with German club Werder Bremen but chose to stay in MLS rather than move to Europe at that stage of his career. In America he has been hailed as an inspiration after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged nine. “It is tougher – if your blood sugar is not in the right range, it can be tough to play,” Morris previously told MLSsoccer.com. “But I think getting it at such a young age, I had to learn how to work hard and take care of something.”

Swansea manager Cooper has been looking to add to his squad during the January transfer window to maintain his team’s hopes of automatic promotion and a return to the Premier League after three seasons.

Last season, he loaned Rhian Brewster from Liverpool and his goals helped the club get into the play-offs, with hopes Morris can have a similar positive impact.

His season-long deals this campaign have been Freddie Woodman and Marc Guehi and both have played regularly, with Cooper’s players currently on a five match unbeaten run.

Cooper has also signed goalkeeper Ben Hamer from Huddersfield Town on a free transfer to provide cover for Woodman.

The 33-year-old will provide back-up after Steven Benda’s injury, which meant teenager Lewis Webb was on the bench for the FA Cup win at Stevenage last weekend.