Report: Goalkeeper Mark Birighitti set to join Swansea

The Australian international is in line to be Francesco Guidolin's next summer signing.

Report: Goalkeeper Mark Birighitti set to join Swansea
Mark Birighitti is reportedly set to join the Swans. (Photo: Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Swansea City are set to make yet another signing in this summer window, with ESPN reporting that goalkeeper Mark Birighitti is set to move to South Wales.

The Australian stopper, who made his one and only appearance for his country to date in 2013, left A-League outfit Newcastle Jets this summer after the expiration of his contract.

Birighitti has enjoyed four fantastic years with the Jets, winning their Player of the Season award last year as well as being named in the league's PFA Team of the Season, but is keen to move to Europe now to further his career.

The 25-year-old spent time on the continent in the 2014-15 season on loan with Italian Serie B side Varese, but now an opportunity has opened up for him to head to the English top flight with Swansea.

Next step

Despite being one of Australia's most highly-rated goalkeepers, Birighitti has struggled to make an impact at international level.

The former Jets man is behind Valencia's Mathew Ryan in the pecking order, with him on the bench as a back-up when England beat the Socceroos earlier this summer.

However, a move to the Premier League could help him gain the necessary experience and quality, in his national team's eyes, to leapfrog his countryman in the running for the number one shirt.

Mark Birighitti has plenty to be proud of from his stint in his homeland. (Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images)
Mark Birighitti has plenty to be proud of from his stint in his homeland. (Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Another goalkeeper?

With this will be the Swans' third signing of the summer if it goes through - or fifth if you count the two Development Team signings - fans will be frustrated that it is strengthening a position that is not the priority.

Admittedly, Lukasz Fabianski was given little competition in between the sticks last season. Kristoffer Nordfeldt was signed last summer to push him, but the Pole was not at his best for most of the campaign and the Swede never got a look in.

Francesco Guidolin will therefore be hoping that Birighitti can actually push Fabianski this season.

With three senior goalkeepers already on the books though, as well as young Josh Vickers, it is expected that one will leave once Birighitti arrives.

Back to the frustrating nature of the potential signing - another reason Swansea fans will be somewhat disappointed to see that their new player is a goalkeeper is because they are in desperate need of a striker.

With Bafetimbi Gomis set to leave, there is no recognised number nine in the squad, not a senior one anyway.

Under-21 Oliver McBurnie is doing his best to show Guidolin that he need not look elsewhere for someone to fill the gap, scoring a terrific goal in a terrific display in Swansea's 4-0 win over Charlotte Independence this week, but the Italian coach will still see the position as a priority.

However, there looks to be little fuss with the deal for Birighitti. Already holding an Italian passport from his time in Serie B, the Australian will have few problems securing a work permit to join the Swans and will certainly bolster the position in between the sticks.