Shechter poised for Swansea debut ahead of loan move from Kaiserslautern

The striker has been granted a work permit ahead of his season-long loan deal but the paperwork has yet to be completed to finalise the switch

Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter is poised to feature for Swansea City in their friendly against Stuttgart on Saturday, ahead of his proposed season-long loan move to Michael Laudrup's side.

The Israel international has already been granted a work permit but is waiting for the paperwork to be completed ahead of his switch to the Liberty Stadium, although his German club have allowed him to participate in Saturday's friendly.

"I'm very happy. It will be a dream to play in the Premier League because it is the best in the world," Shechter told the club's official website.

"The manager [Michael Laudrup] was also a big draw for me. Growing up watching him play was unbelievable. For me he was the top player in the world playing at the best clubs, like Real Madrid and Barcelona, where he was also a champion.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and playing for Swansea. I've only been here for two or three days, but I already have a good feeling about the club. It's a family club and everybody has been so warm and friendly to me.

"I watched Swansea a few times on TV last season and I liked their style. There is a big Spanish influence with their style of play which I think will suit me. I'm not the tallest of players, so anything on the grass is good for me."

Shechter netted three Bundesliga goals in 13 starts for Kaiserslautern last season, although his side were relegated from the top flight after finishing bottom of the table.

"If I’m honest, last season wasn’t a good one for me because we were relegated and I didn’t play as much as I would have liked," said Shechter.

"I spent a lot of time on the bench. But I have confidence in my ability and I want to do well at Swansea. I know I will have to work my way into the team, but it’s about the club and not me."