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By Alexander Ford

Swansea City are believed to be keen on bringing in Barnsley defender Marc Roberts this January, according to reports made in The Sun.

The report suggests that Swans boss Paul Clement is ready to meet the Tykes valuation of £5 million for the player and want to beat the competition by completing a move as soon as possible.

Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are also said to be interested in the 6ft 4in centre-half, but are happy to make a move in the summer for him, should the Welsh side not be able to complete the signing beforehand.

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Swansea completed the signing of Alfie Mawson from the Tykes in August and look favourites to land the signature of the defender, whilst also having the cash available for Clement to be able to complete other deals to bolster the squad in tough times.

Roberts has been ever-present for Barnsley this season, which has attracted the likes of Tony Pulis and Sean Dyche, contributing two goals in 21 Championship appearances.

The Yorkshire-based club find themselves sitting just outside the playoffs, whilst Swansea are looking to add strength to their back line in order to stay in the Premier League.