The Sunderland manger is trying for a permanent match for his midfield spot and wants Swansea’s midfielder to occupy it. Ki scored one and set up another for hat-trick hero Adam Johnson in Sunderland’s impressive 4-1 Premier League victory over Fulham on Saturday. With Sunderland at a better form Poyet thinks that it is the best time to convince the Swansea midfielder to sign a long-term deal.
“There is a chance (of a full transfer). Swansea had an opportunity to call him back, and they didn’t. That was a difficult day for me because I was waiting and waiting. I think there are a couple of things we need to make sure: where we are and where we want to go, and with the player as well. I can see that he’s enjoying his football and making a difference.”, said Poyet
Ki is on a season-long contract with his current team, but Swansea boss Michael Laudrup seriously considered recalling the 24-year-old last week, form a midfield injury crisis. But unfortunately he decided against it, which made Poyet as relieved as he was delighted.
“At least we still have him, I was nervous in that time,” said the former Uruguay midfielder.
“He’s very happy, it means so much for him to score that goal. He cares and he’s enjoying his new position a bit further up the pitch and making a difference. I want players with that mentality, to make us play, and he’s been excellent.”
“He’s been the most consistent player for me, in my way of playing. Then of course John O’Shea and Wes Brown at the back, we’re more solid and pressing some of the space. The basics are there then hopefully, if we can keep them all fit.”