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Last Updated: Friday, 1 July, 2005, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
Swans finally recruit Akinfenwa
Adebayo Akinfenwa
Akinfenwa is a former Barry striker
Swansea have agreed personal terms with out-of-contract Torquay striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, with the transfer fee to be set by a tribunal.

They had previously withdrawn their interest in the 23-year-old after learning a transfer fee was required.

But after missing out on Rochdale striker Grant Holt, the Swans have swooped for the ex-Barry forward.

They also still hope to recruit Fulham's Darren Pratley and are confident of re-signing Sam Ricketts.

Manager Kenny Jackett had a 60,000 bid for young midfielder Pratley turned down, and was also rebuffed on the offer of a season-long loan.

Swansea have not made any offer and I am frankly disappointed that they should choose this route
Torquay chairman Mike Bateson on the Akinfenwa transfer
Welsh international full-back Ricketts has a year left on his Swansea contract, and is thought to have attracted the attention of West Ham.

Torquay chairman Mike Bateson told the club's official website that he was disappointed with Swansea's approach to the Akinfenwa transfer.

"Swansea have not made any offer and I am frankly disappointed that they should choose this route," he said.

"My understanding of the system is that a tribunal will deal with transfers only when normal negotiations have failed to come up with an agreement.

"I hope that our part in improving Akinfenwa's career is taken on board when the committee reach a decision."




SEE ALSO
Holt signs new deal at Rochdale
24 Jun 05 |  Rochdale
Gulls and Akinfenwa in deadlock
21 Jun 05 |  Torquay United
Swans not interested in Akinfenwa
18 Jun 05 |  Bristol City


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