Swansea City could turn to League Two to boost their Premier League ambitions next season.

According to a report from Football League World, the Swans are eyeing a move for 23-year-old Salford City forward Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Thomas-Asante has helped the Ammies to 11th place in the current League Two table, but with seven points between them and the play-off places, he’s going to need to make a move if he wishes to step up.

Russell Martin’s side won’t be the only ones interested in the striker, with Reading, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth, Ipswich, and former employers MK Dons all thought to be in the hunt for his signature over the summer.

Most are Championship clubs, with MK Dons and Ipswich hoping to be promoted as the current season comes to a close. Thomas-Asante came through the ranks at Milton Keynes and even won their academy Player of the Year in 2016/17.

Thomas-Asante isn’t a prolific forward; he’s got 11 in 33 for his side this season, bagging a total of 23 in 109 outings for the League Two side. Before that, he scored just two in 35 in his three years at Stadium MK and three in 15 whilst on loan to National League South side Oxford City. Still, his pace and movement suggest he could be a useful weapon in Swansea’s hunt for a Premier League return.

Brandon Thomas-Asante of Salford (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

That looks highly unlikely this year as the Swans adjust to the first full season under manager Martin. They’re currently outsiders for a top-six finish in the football odds listed on Coral, with 13 points needed from the last nine games. Realists will already understand they’re out of the picture, hence building for next season.

The need for a striker is also perhaps highlighted by the performances of two up-and-coming Swans who earned loan moves to prove their worth. Liam Cullen has been on the fringes of the first team for some time, but his loan move to League One side Lincoln City has not been a success.

He’s unable to break into their first team and has been restricted to just one goal in two months. His teammate Morgan Whittaker is also at the LNER Stadium, and he too has failed to impress, despite having many of the attributes of Asante-Thomas.

Neither seems to fit into Russell Martin’s plans in the future nor have they shown enough promise to change his mind. That highlights the need for a new striker.

Joël Piroe has led the line well this season, with 17 goals from his 38 outings, whilst Jamie Paterson has nine in 31. However, the need to bolster that attack is evident when one looks at the leading scorers in the entire division; Ben Brereton has kept Blackburn in the play-off hunt with 20, Dominic Solanke has 23 for Bournemouth, and Premier League-bound Fulham have benefitted from 35 courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Joel Piroe during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Blackpool on November 20, 2021 (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Piroe might be fifth in the table, but he needs more support to help push the Swans up the division. Indeed, sporting director Mark Allen explained to Wales Online that the club would no longer rely on loan players as they look to get back into the top flight.

In recent seasons, Conor Gallagher, Rhian Brewster, Marc Guehi and Freddie Woodman joined on loan and went on to greater success without financial benefit heading to the Liberty Stadium.

However, Piroe, signed from PSV Eindhoven for around £1m, has proven to be a hit and a shift away from temporary players. Perhaps they’re looking to replicate that success in Thomas-Asante, albeit for a much lower transfer fee.