Russell Martin admits he would ‘love’ Cyrus Christie to stay at Swansea City permanently when his loan spell finishes at the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland international has made a real impression since moving to south Wales in January – featuring in every game and scoring two goals, the latest of which clinched a 2-0 away win at West Brom on Tuesday. Christie, whose Craven Cottage contract expires this summer, has quickly become a favourite with the Swans fans and Martin spoke optimistically about the potential of a deal being done this afternoon.

“Hope is a dangerous thing sometimes but I’d love to [sign him] if he continues doing what he’s been doing. I think he feels connected to what we’re doing and to the club and the supporters as a whole.

The supporters have taken to him, which I think is important for any player because we’re out on a limb geographically. Everyone cares so much about the club in Swansea, it’s such an important part of the community, it has a different feel compared to a lot of other clubs.

So we have to use that to our advantage and hopefully with Cyrus it’ll play in to our hands. “But we’ll see. He has to maintain what he’s doing. He shows young players how to behave, how to be professional during a tough time for him recently. He lost his nan who he was close to and for him to do what he’s been doing is incredible.”