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Swansea sign former Arsenal goalkeeper

Josh Vickers has joined Swansea. Credit: PA

Swansea have completed the signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper Josh Vickers, subject to international clearance.

Vickers had been on trial with the Welsh club since the start of July and Swansea have now confirmed he has signed a two-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

The 19-year-old, who played in Swansea's pre-season friendly against 1860 Munich in Germany last month, spent 12 years at Arsenal and links up again with his former goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts and first-choice keeper Lukasz Fabianski.


Monk sets sights on England job

Garry Monk wants the England job one day. Credit: PA

Swansea boss Garry Monk has set his sights on managing England, describing it as the "ultimate job".

Monk has impressed in his role at the Liberty Stadium after he succeeded Michael Laudrup in February of last year.

The 36-year-old guided Swansea to a record 56 points and an eighth-placed finish last season and was rewarded with a three-year deal at the start of the summer.

Monk says taking charge of England is his ultimate goal: "I have always been patriotic, a massive supporter of England and grew up watching all of it," said Monk.

"To manage or play for your country, whichever way round it is, has to be the ultimate job doesn't it?

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Swansea boss confirms Michu wants to leave

Michu is set to leave Swansea. Credit: PA

Swansea manager Garry Monk has confirmed that Spain international Michu will not play for the Barclays Premier League club again.

Michu took the Premier League by storm in his first season in English football in 2012-13 when he scored 22 goals following his £2million move from Rayo Vallecano.

The 29-year-old forward was capped by Spain and helped Swansea qualify for Europe by winning the Capital One Cup, but his second season was disrupted by injury and he scored only six times in 25 games.

Michu suffered another injury-ravaged campaign on loan at Napoli last season - making only five appearances for the Serie A club and failing to find the net once - and Monk has now announced the Oviedo-born striker will not rejoin his squad, despite having a year left on his Swansea contract.

"He won't be with the squad this year," Monk told the South Wales Evening Post.

"I spoke to him at this point last season, he wanted to go and felt that was right for him and I was happy to support him in that decision.

"I haven't spoken to Michu - there has been some difficulty with the numbers," Monk said.

"From what we hear from their side, I think Michu would like to try to move somewhere else."

Jonjo Shelvey pens new four-year Swansea contract

Jonjo Shelvey has extended his contract with Swansea by four years until June 2019.

The former Liverpool midfielder has played 63 Premier League matches since moving down to south Wales from Anfield in a deal worth £5m in 2013.

The 23 year-old still had 24 months remaining on his existing contract, while the news comes on the same day that Swansea announced a new initiative to subsidise the cost of away tickets for supporters.

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