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Carl Rushworth was part of England Under-21s’ European Championship-winning squad this summer, but James Trafford was Lee Carsley’s first choiceSwansea City have signed Brighton goalkeeper Carl Rushworth on a season-long loan and have brought in forward Mykola Kukharevych from French club Troyes for an undisclosed fee.They are also close to bringing in Newcastle right-back Harrison Ashby on loan for 2023-24.Rushworth, 22, played 46 games during an impressive loan spell at League One Lincoln City last season. Ukrainian Kukharevych, 22, has signed an initial three-year deal.The former Ukraine Under-21s cap also has an option of a further year in west Wales after spending last season on loan at Scottish Premiership club Hibernian FC.Rushworth spent the previous campaign on loan at League Two Walsall, where he was named players’ player of the 2022-23 campaign.Ashby has yet to feature for Newcastle since they bought him from West Ham for £3m in January.The 21-year-old scored the winning goal as Newcastle beat Rangers 2-1 in Allan McGregor’s testimonial at Ibrox last week.Rushworth will initially be competing for game-time with Andy Fisher, with Swansea’s other senior goalkeeper, Steven Benda, likely to be sidelined until early 2024 because of a knee injury suffered last January.Rushworth will link up with England goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson, after he returned to Swansea for a second spell earlier this summer.Rushworth made his England Under-21s debut in June, 2023 and was part of the squad which won the European Under-21 Championship.He joined Brighton from Halifax Town, his hometown club, in 2019.Rushworth is yet to play for the Seagulls after joining fellow goalkeepers Jason Steele, Robert Sanchez and Tom McGill on Brighton’s books.

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