Swansea have confirmed the signing of former Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton from Tottenham.
The 26-year-old full-back, who can operate on either the right or the left-side of defence, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract in a deal understood to be worth £5million and could make his debut in Swansea’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Blackburn on Saturday.
Naughton made 74 appearances for Tottenham after switching from Sheffield United in 2009 but he made only five Barclays Premier League starts under Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and has not played since the end of November.
The Sheffield-born England Under-21 international is Swansea’s third signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira on loan and midfielder Matt Grimes from Exeter.
Naughton began his career with United, having joined the club’s academy at the age of seven, and made 40 appearances for the Blades before joining Tottenham in a joint deal wihich saw Kyle Walker also head for White Hart Lane.
He had loan spells at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich during his time in north London and Swansea manager Garry Monk said he had been trailing the defender for some time.
“I’m pleased it’s all done because there has been talk since the summer over a potential move,” Naughton told the official Swansea website.
“My main aim is to start playing regular football again. I know it’s going to be a tough challenge because there are some very good players here, but that’s my goal.
“I’ve had quite a few loan moves over my career, but I actually played 34 games last season for Spurs, which is a fair amount.
“The main problem for me, however, was that I was still in and out of the team. That’s difficult at times.
“I’m sad to be leaving Spurs because it’s a great club. I was there quite a while and the lads are a great bunch.
“But now I just want to settle into life at Swansea and try to play regularly.
“It all comes down to playing football - after all, that’s my job.’’