The news we were all expecting during the January transfer window has finally happened: The Guardian is reporting that Tottenham have agreed to a £5m bid that will send reserve right back Kyle Naughton to Swansea City.
If The Guardian says it's happening, it's probably happening. It's as good a source as you can find in English football apart from the BBC. Barring Naughton refusing personal terms or something unexpected happening, Kyle2 will be departing for south Wales before the end of the window.
Naughton was signed back in 2009 from Sheffield United (Spurs' League Cup semifinal opponent on Wednesday) along with Kyle Walker. Of the two Kyles, it was Naughton who was expected to have the better career -- it was suggested that he could enter Harry Redknapp's starting lineup and help out immediately, while Kyle Walker was the "work in progress." Instead, it was Walker who cemented a place for himself in the starting lineup, while Naughton was sent out on loans and relegated to backup and Cup duty.
With Walker locking down the right back position, Vlad Chiriches emerging as an unexpected and capable back-up, Ben Davies and Danny Rose deputizing each other at left back, and the club's purchase of DeAndre Yedlin, this move is no surprise. Naughton is no longer going to get the playing time he wants at Tottenham and so it's time to move on.
Naughton is a capable right back who can also (though not always effectively) play on the left side of defense. He will be competing for playing time with Angel Rangel and possibly Ashley Williams. It's a tall order but he could insert himself into the first team given a chance and a string of good performances.
£5m is a pretty good price for what is essentially our fourth-choice right back. We'll wait for the official club announcement, but this one appears to be a done deal.