Swans interested in Cox


Soccer: West Brom striker Simon Cox has emerged as a target for Premier League rivals Swansea, but it is believed no concrete bid has been received by the Baggies for the Republic of Ireland international.

Albion boss Steve Clarke confirmed over the weekend that an offer had been rejected from relegated Blackburn Rovers, though they may return after new €3.5 million signing Leon Best was ruled out until the New Year with a knee injury.

Premier League side Swansea, however, would be a far more attractive suitor for Cox, a former Swindon striker who has struggled to win a regular first team place at the Hawthorns.

The 25-year-old has often been fourth choice striker in the face of competition from Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie and Marc-Antoine Fortune.

A source close to West Brom said there had been "several inquiries" for Cox, with Leeds United and Celtic also mooted as potential destinations.

Clarke has yesterday confirmed Long, who joined Albion from Reading 12 months ago, is not for sale despite speculation linking him with a move back to his former club.

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