Paul Clement says Holger Badstuber “could do a good job” if he was to join Swansea in January.
Clement was appointed head coach at the Liberty Stadium last week and is believed to be keen on adding much-needed quality to his ranks during the current window.
Bayern Munich’s Badstuber has been linked with a loan move away from the Allianz Arena, having seen injuries curtail his first-team opportunities in recent seasons.
A reunion with former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has been suggested, but he could instead be tempted by the regular football offered by Clement, who joined the Swans from the German club’s coaching staff.
The 44-year-old concedes Badstuber could add plenty of quality to his side’s ailing back-line, although he is unsure if he would be willing to move to the Liberty Stadium.
Clement told reporters: “There are links with the recruitment department at Bayern who could help us, but that’s the period we’re in now where we have to act fast, make calls and contact because we want to see who will be good fits for us – but we also have to be realistic.
“I haven’t decided on centre-backs here, but you can take Badstuber as an example, a German national team player who has come through the ranks at Bayern.
“You can think he could do a good job here but then you see him linked with Manchester City so then you have to ask if it’s a realistic target.”