Swansea City wanted to sign defender Tom Lockyer over the summer.

The 24-year-old was a free agent after his contract at Bristol Rovers expired and he subsequently ended up joining Charlton Athletic.

Lockyer, who is a Wales international with eight caps under his belt so far in his career, has since become a key player for the Addicks.

He was on the books at Bristol Rovers for eight years and made 285 appearances for the Pirates, however, he decided to leave over the summer for a fresh challenge.

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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has claimed his side saw off interest from Swansea to land him, as per a report by Wales Online: “Swansea wanted him but it was about selling this club to him. I told him: ‘Come here and improve, everyone who comes to this club has improved. Trust in what we’re telling you, take it on board and you’ll get better’.”

“He has been one of out most steady players- up there with Josh Cullen. You know what you’re getting- steady, solid and he won’t let you down.”

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer on 22 April 2019.

He added: “The biggest challenges for him were the Wigan and Fulham games because he is not the biggest and he had the physical tests of Kieffer Moore and (Aleksandar) Mitrovic. I know he is very comfortable in possession but he also came through the physical side flying as well.”

“He and Jonny (Williams) have both got back into the Wales team and they fully deserve it.”


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