Swans’ first Prem win and Blue­birds main­tain 100% start...

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT - CHRIS WATHAN Chief foot­ball writer chris.wathan@waleson­line.co.uk

PAUL Cle­ment says he re­mains con­fi­dent he will land the new men he needs be­fore time runs out on Swansea City’s trans­fer busi­ness. Cle­ment watched his men win 2-0 at Crys­tal Palace yes­ter­day thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Jor­dan Ayew to earn their first Pre­mier League win of the cam­paign.

And to com­plete a red-let­ter day for Wales’ big two, Cardiff City came from be­hind to win 2-1 against vis­it­ing QPR, main­tain­ing their per­fect start to the Cham­pi­onship sea­son with a fifth straight suc­cess.

Goals from Ju­nior Hoi­lett and Sol Bamba saw Neil Warnock’s men go clear at the top of the ta­ble as Ip­swich Town lost their 100% record against Ful­ham.

Swans boss Cle­ment is stay­ing tight-lipped on all names linked to ar­riv­ing in South Wales be­tween now and Thurs­day’s fi­nal day of the summer win­dow.

But he has ad­mit­ted that he wants two new faces in his squad come Septem­ber 1, while he will seek to hold off any late in­ter­est from Chelsea in Fer­nando Llorente.

Llorente has been linked with the cham­pi­ons all summer, though Cle­ment has shown lit­tle con­cerns of los­ing the front­man, who missed the 2-0 win over Palace as he con­tin­ues re­cov­ery from an arm frac­ture sus­tained on hol­i­day.

In­stead, Cle­ment ad­mits he is await­ing de­vel­op­ments on deals that will see ex­tra at­tack­ing op­tions handed to the for­mer Real Madrid No.2.

“I had my phone on right be­fore kick-off against Palace,” he said.

“And once it goes back on I’m hop­ing we’re go­ing to get some pos­i­tive news in the next days about bring­ing in one or two qual­ity play­ers who are go­ing to add to this group.”

Cle­ment has been keen to use the money from Gylfi Sig­urds­son’s record £45m de­par­ture, spend­ing £15m of it on Sam Clu­cas who im­pressed on his de­but.

But Stoke and West Brom may have priced Swansea out of moves for Joe Allen and Nacer Chadli, un­less the fi­nal days bring a drop in val­u­a­tion.

A deal re­mains in place to bring Wil­fried Bony back to the club, though Swansea are likely to bide their time over the Ivo­rian who is known to be un­wanted by Man City.

Mean­while, Warnock be­lieves Cardiff can mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for at least a pro­mo­tion play-off place if they can get through what could be a gru­elling Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber pro­gramme.

They will go into the in­ter­na­tional break sit­ting pretty but the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Warnock knows that tougher times are ahead.

“Our sup­port­ers will be dream­ing of things like that (pro­mo­tion),” ad- mit­ted Warnock.

“Usu­ally with the teams I’ve been with in the last few years I’ve been say­ing that we still need an­other 35 points to be safe, I’m a lit­tle bit more op­ti­mistic than that.

“If we can be around the top four at the end of Oc­to­ber I’ll be ab­so­lutely de­lighted and I think we’ll have a chance of the play-offs then for def­i­nite.

“I don’t kid my­self, ev­ery­one else can.

“We are play­ing well but I know how easy it is in this league and you can lose three or four on the trot.

“At the mo­ment you wouldn’t want to play us.”

Swans and Blue­birds match cov­er­age: Sport on Sun­day

Ju­nior Hoilett put Cardiff on course for a fifth straight Cham­pi­onship as they beat QPR

Tammy Abra­ham cel­e­brates af­ter open­ing the scor­ing for Swansea at Crys­tal Palace

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