Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge will undergo a medical at Swansea ahead of a loan move, according to Sky Sports.
Surridge has been in and around the Bournemouth first team after a successful loan spell at Oldham Athletic scoring 8 times in 15 games, including a penalty in their 2-1 FA Cup shock win over, at the time, Premier League Fulham. The 21-year-old, who stands at an impressive 6 foot 3, is highly rated by Eddie Howe at Bournemouth, who opted against re-loaning Surridge out at the back end of last season to a handful of interested League One clubs due to his ability.
The season-long switch to South Wales would guarantee Swansea having a capable target man at their disposal for the remainder of the season after the loss of Oli McBurnie to Sheffield United. Surridge has the potential to emulate McBurnie and is exactly the sort of striker that could thrive alongside Nahki Wells, who as reported by us earlier, is being lined up by Swansea as a transfer target, or recently added Aldo Kalulu.
Although Surridge may have impressed Eddie Howe, the question begs – is a player who has never played above League 2 level suitable to replace a 20 goal a season striker? Swansea could have potentially invested the sizable fees they received for McBurnie and Dan James into a proven Championship goalscorer.
However, Premier League and Championship clubs only have 2 days left of the transfer window and a striker of such would have undoubtedly hard to come by. A positive of this loan switch is that it prevents Swansea from either panic buying a player who might not fit the model properly and or overpaying for a player due to the close deadline.