Date: 26th January 2006 at 7:01pm
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Out of favour Swansea striker, Paul Connor, is on the verge of a £35,000 move to Leyton Orient. With the two clubs having agreed a fee for the former Rochdale man, Connor is expected to agree personal terms and pass a medical in the next few days. He will be ineligible for the game on Saturday with Charlton in any circumstance.

Swansea paid Rochdale £35,000 for Connor who played up front with Lee Trundle in Swansea’s promotion winning side last season. He has scored 20 goals in 75 appearances for the Swans but with new signings Rory Fallon and Leon Knight arriving at the Liberty Stadium, his opportunities are thought to be limited.

Connor started out at Middlesbrough before moving to Stoke City. Connor never really got his opportunity at Stoke and instead moved to Rochdale for £150,000. He excelled for Rochdale scoring 32 goals in 108 games before leaving for South Wales.


The 27 year old striker stands at 6’2 and will fill the requirements for the tall striker that Orient have been looking for. It must be stressed that as of this evening, no deal has actually been done and the club are still to announce that the deal has gone through.

A signing of Connor’s quality really underlines the intent of O’s boss Martin Ling as Connor will definitely add some pressure on the current O’s strikers. He would most definitely be a welcome addition to the squad.

Also leaving Swansea is Lee Thorpe who could be on his way to link up with ex-O’s Billy Jones, Paul Jones and Alex Inglethorpe, the current Exeter City manager.