Rhys Williams set for Swansea

Socceroo Rhys WIliams looks set for an immediate move into the English Premier League in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup with Swansea City targeting the former Middlesbrough skipper.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is facing a midfield crisis which has left with only two recognised players for the centre of the park after Jonathan de Guzman, Jose Canas, Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer and Michu were all ruled out with injuries.

According to reports in the UK, he is now set to sign Williams - who can play in defence or midfield - as an emergency measure to bolster his engine room.

The move comes at an ideal time for Williams, 25, who was left on the bench twice over Christmas but started Boro's last four games, as he looks for regular high profile game time while he tries to nail down a place on the plane to Brazil in June.

Swansea are currently suffering a poor streak of form and without a single win in seven Premier League games, and just three points away from the relegation zone, despite being in 14th spot on the table.

Laudrup is hopeful key signings will turn things around despite the busy treatment room at Liberty Stadium.

"Things changed dramatically when we lost Jonathan de Guzman and Jose Canas in the space of a few days," he said on Friday. "The injury to Canas will probably keep him out for about four weeks, and suddenly we only had two (fit) midfield players.
"Then I looked into the possibility of bringing Ki [Ki Sung-Yeung] back, but the loan agreement [with Sunderland] said it should have been done by the end of December, so it's not a possibility.
"The only way we can change that is if Ki and both clubs all agree to end the loan - but of course Sunderland are not going to do that."

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