Paul Clement has confirmed relegation-threatened Swansea City's ambition to cure their ongoing goal-scoring ills by signing more new strikers, although claims the club are not pondering a January loan swoop for Liverpool's Dominic Solanke.
Swansea are currently mired in the Premier League relegation zone and three points adrift of safety following their fifth defeat in six matches away to defending champions Chelsea on Wednesday night (29 November) and have now gone more than a month without finding the back of the net.
With a pitiful seven strikes to their name in 14 outings, the Welsh outfit, who secured the return of Wilfried Bony over the summer and also saw off competition to loan Tammy Abraham, trail Huddersfield Town and even bottom club Crystal Palace as the lowest scorers in the top-flight and optimism is notably scarce before an early six-pointer against Stoke City this weekend.
Speaking ahead of that potentially crucial clash at the bet365 Stadium that could have huge ramifications for both under-pressure managers, Clement admitted that Swansea needed to further bolster their attacking options but insisted that Solanke was not a player currently under consideration.
Certain bookmakers installed the Swans as the favourites to reunite the 20-year-old with former Chelsea colleagues Clement and Abraham in south Wales during the second half of the season, yet doubts over Liverpool's willingness to allow him to depart means he has not even been discussed as a realistic target.
"Solanke is a really good player but I can't see that Liverpool would want to let him go," Clement told reporters, per The Mail. "He is not a name we have highlighted because we see him as a player that's doing really well at his own club, but when you see our goal-scoring record and our ability to create chances we have to strengthen in forward positions.
"How many players that will be it is difficult to say, but one or two players in the forward positions would be a big help for us. We are trying to identify them but it has to be players who are realistic targets to bring here."
Solanke has struggled to earn regular opportunities at Liverpool since arriving at Anfield in the aftermath of being named as the player of the tournament at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce described it as a "ludicrous situation" that the 20-year-old, introduced as a second-half substitute in the goalless friendly draw with Brazil at Wembley Stadium, could play for the senior England team without having previously started a Premier League fixture.
Jurgen Klopp has been effusive in his praise of the player, however, handing him his maiden league start in a much-changed team for last night's 3-0 win at Stoke. Solanke impressed in a 67-minute outing before being replaced by the influential Mohamed Salah and drew more kind words from the manager, who described him as "fantastic".
Liverpool have yet to settle on a price for Solanke, with an initial £3m ($4m) offer rejected as Chelsea reportedly hold out for a compensatory fee of £10m for a home-grown talent under the age of 24.