Swansea City have completed the signing of young defender Cian Harries from League Two club Coventry City.
The 20-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Welsh club subject to international clearance. The Wales youth international managed 16 games for Coventry during the previous campaign as their poor league form relegated them to the fourth tier of English football.
“I am delighted to be here,” Harries told Swansea’s official website. “My aim in the long term is to play in the Premier League. If I am lucky enough and good enough for the manager to trust me at some stage in the future that would be a dream come true. “But I am going into the development squad and that’s good. I feel it will give me a chance to work on the areas where I need to improve.”
Harries becomes the Swans' fourth signing of the transfer window following the arrival of the likes of Roque Mesa, Erwin Mulder and Tammy Abraham- the last arriving on a season-long loan from league champions Chelsea. At just 20 years of age, manager Paul Clement appears to have placed the centre-back in the reserve and he will be hoping that the youngster makes progress in order to earn his Premier League debut.
Swansea City made good business with the signing of 23-year-old Alfie Mawson from Barnsley last summer, and the Englishman has settled as the first-choice alongside Federico Fernandez at the heart of the Swans backline. With that in mind, Harries could take it as a motivation to push himself towards first-team reckoning, should one of the above-mentioned duo get injured during the course of the 2016/17 season.
Harries took part in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley last season where Coventry beat Oxford United by a 2-1 scoreline. The overall fee for the transfer has yet to be disclosed but Swansea are reckoned to have paid a nominal sum to acquire the central defender.