Jackett gives up on Rehman
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boss Kenny Jackett has all but given up on winning Zeshan Rehman's signature from Fulham.
Boss Kenny Jackett says Swansea City's raid on Fulham is over because he has all but given up on winning Zeshan Rehman's signature.
The Swans have already signed striker Darren Pratley and defender Dean Leacock from Craven Cottage this summer, but were hoping to bring the Birmingham-born player to the Liberty Stadium as well.
Defensive midfielder Rehman's capture would have meant the backbone of the side was strengthened by Fulham, but Jackett has now resigned himself to missing out on the 22-year-old.
"We targeted three players from Fulham for quite some time and Zesh did not quite come off," Jackett told the South Wales Evening Post.
"At the moment, that one looks like it is not going to come off. I have seen bits and pieces in the press saying that it is going to happen this week - I doubt it."
The League One manager has not given up on strengthening his squad ahead of the new season though, and travelled to Holland to watch Hartlepool United's pre-season friendly with Den Bosch on Friday.
"I was actually watching a Dutch lad," he added.
"We have a director based in Holland. We have some contacts over there and there may be one or two lads over there who we might look to invite over on trial."
The Swans face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the next of their pre-season friendlies at home on Saturday.