Swansea’s long pursuit of Falkirk midfielder Jay Fulton has finally paid off today, but they have yet to seal a deal for his team-mate Stephen Kingsley.
For the past 18 months the Premiership outfit have been monitoring the middle of the three Fulton brothers who came through the Bairns Academy and made his debut aged 17.
A fee in six figures, reportedly around £200,000, has been agreed between the clubs. This fee is close to the training compensation fee the Bairns would have commanded for the 19-year-old who scored in Falkirk’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Hibernian last season, and in the Communities League Cup semi-final with Celtic at Hampden two years ago.
Fulton had been offered a new deal but was understood to be unlikely to extend his present deal which was due to expire in June. Instead, he has travelled south to the Liberty Stadium to conclude a contract with the English Premiership side and current English League Cup holders.
They’re also keen on Fulton’s team-mate Stephen Kingsley, but have yet to make a bid that meets Falkirk’s demands for the left-back.
Both Fulton and Kingsley spent time training with Wolves on trial earlier this season, and Fulton was close to signing for Owen Coyle at Wigan before the ex-Bairns boss was dismissed last year.
Since Jay made his debut as a late substitute at Firhill against Partick Thistle in April 2011 he has made 102 further appearances and scored nine goals - including one in each of the Bairns last two national semi-finals and another on his first full start against Albion Rovers on the opening day of season 2011-12.
A club statement said: “In the past few days there have been verbal offers made for defender Stephen Kingsley but these were well below the club’s valuation of the player. Subsequently, they have not been pursued and he remains a Falkirk player. Any offers for players will, as always, have to be considered as beneficial to the club in the long term before transfer negotiations begin.
“The Board of Directors at Falkirk FC would like to stress that they are fully committed to maintaining the strength of this season’s squad in order that the Manager can continue to challenge for promotion from the Championship. To that end, the Manager has targeted players to add the squad and is currently working towards bringing in new faces.”
The Bairns have already made one recruit during this transfer window, signing Mark Beck on loan from Carlisle.