Swansea selling no-one in January – Brendan Rodgers

You're going nowhere! Rodgers vows to keep hold of Swansea stars in January

Manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Swansea's Barclays Premier League rivals that he has no intention of letting any of his top players leave the Liberty Stadium this month.

The south Wales' club's impressive start to life in the Premier League has attracted plenty of admirers, as well as the attentions of top-flight managers.

Centre-half Ashley Williams and left-back Neil Taylor have been the latest Swansea players linked with moves elsewhere, to Newcastle and Arsenal respectively, but Rodgers says that any side looking to poach their best talent will receive short shrift.

Hands off: Defender Ashley Williams (centre) is wanted at Newcastle

Hands off: Defender Ashley Williams (centre) is wanted at Newcastle

Rodgers said: 'I'm sure there will be a raft of players linked to clubs in the coming weeks, but we want to keep our best players.

'The spirit is unique at this football club and the players can see the progress they are making here as individuals.

'There is a lot of speculation and in a way it's great because it shows the players are doing well.

'But they also understand that it comes on the back of performing well.

'It's nice for them to be recognised but they know they are at a great club that is moving forward and they understand that speculation is part of this business. We don't take too much notice of it.'

The Northern Irishman is instead focused on strengthening his squad and is waiting for the formalities of the signing of Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly and the loan move for Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson to be completed.

The Swans are also close to finally capturing France Under 19 defender Darnel Situ.

Situ signed for Swansea at the end of the summer transfer window but was denied international clearance by FIFA, but the move is understood to now be close to being finalised.

Gunner get you Neil Taylor (left) has attracted interest from Arsenal

Gunner get you Neil Taylor (left) has attracted interest from Arsenal

And Rodgers, who has been linked with a loan move for Chelsea' Josh McEachran and also dismissed reports that NEC Nijmegen midfielder John Goossens had turned down a move to the club, is hopeful of making at least one further addition to his midfield ranks before the end of the month.

'There will not be many signings but I want one more to bring in,' he said. 'I like to have plenty of midfielders, especially intelligent ones that can offer different solutions for different games.'

Sigurdsson, who worked with Rodgers when at Reading, is set to make his debut in Saturday's FA Cup third-round trip to Barnsley as Swansea look to build on confidence-boosting results against Tottenham and Aston Villa.

While Premier League survival remains his key objective, the Swans boss insists he will be taking the competition seriously and is planning to field a strong side at Oakwell.

Open arms: Brendan Rodgers has signed Gylfi Sigurdsson and Rory Donnelly

Open arms: Brendan Rodgers has snapped up Gylfi Sigurdsson and Rory Donnelly

He said: 'Survival is our priority but this is a competition that you can gain momentum from doing well in. If you get a bit of luck in the draw you can find yourself doing very well.

'As a club we all had one of the best days of our lives when we won the play-off final at Wembley in May and at this level there are few chances to get back to play on that stage again.

'It's there in the distance for teams that want it and after our experience there is no-one who wouldn't want to go back there and the Cup is a chance to do that.

'But we understand the challenge we will face at Barnsley, it will be tough and we will take a strong squad.'