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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June, 2005, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Swansea confident of Burgess deal
Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Andy Burgess
To get him signed and involved before pre-season training will be a big plus for us
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins
Swansea City's long chase for Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Andy Burgess finally appears to be over.

The club say they expect Burgess, who has eluded them since January, to sign for 80,000 in the "next 24 hours".

"It's been quite a drawn out event but I think it'll prove worthwhile," Swans chairman told BBC Wales Sport.

Jenkins revealed the club are also keen on Wrexham defender Craig Morgan and have had a 60,000 bid rejected by Fulham for midfielder Darren Pratley.

"Fulham are keen to hold onto him over pre-season," explained Jenkins.

"Naturally we'll keep perusing that until we hopefully succeed in getting a player [manager] Kenny Jackett rates very highly.

"He's only 20 years old and hopefully over the coming weeks the situation will become clearer and we'll get our man."

Burgess, 23, has scored 23 goals in nearly 200 appearances for Rushden since making his debut in 1999.

Swansea had a 75,000 bid rejected back in January, but Rushden admitted defeat in their attempts to hold onto Burgess when he submitted a transfer request in May.

"To get him signed and involved before pre-season training will be a big plus for us," added Jenkins.

"To get the first player signed is important. We're happy with what we've got but we know we have to add probably three or four players to that.

"Hopefully with the first finalised in the next 24 hours we can finalise the rest between now and the middle of July."

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