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Huw Jenkins: Still no Vitesse Arnhem answer to Swansea bid for Wilfried Bony

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 06, 2013

Waiting game  Wilfried Bony.

Waiting game Wilfried Bony.

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SWANSEA City are being made to wait in their club-record pursuit of Wilfried Bony as Vitesse Arnhem stall on their offer.

Vitesse have not yet responded to Swansea's initial bid of £10.2 million for the Ivorian striker, while the player's agent claims the Liberty Stadium club have made an improved offer. Bony's representative, Francis Kacou, has urged Vitesse to sanction the 24-year-old's move to the Liberty Stadium, adding that last season's Eredivisie top-scorer will not play for the Dutch side again. Kacou claims Swansea have increased their offer to a deal worth up to £13.75 million, but Swans chairman Huw Jenkins insists the situation has not changed.

"I have had no answer from Vitesse at all," he said. "Our offer has not been accepted, so we're still waiting and nothing has changed."

Jenkins has admitted to feeling frustrated with Vitesse's inaction, and his consternation is shared by Bony's agent.

Bony, who scored 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie games last season, has also been linked with a move to West Ham, Liverpool, Everton and Russian side Anzhi.

But his agent Kacou says Swansea have made the best offer and he has called on Vitesse to allow Bony to move.

"Why does it take so long? Six months ago, we made arrangements for a lump sum of 12 million euros, regardless of goals," Kacou said.

"Swansea wanted to pay and Bony has seen that, but Vitesse wanted more. Now there is an offer of 14 million euros plus two million in bonuses. Why is Bony still in Arnhem? We do not know what they want.

"West Ham United, Everton and Liverpool have been reported as having an interest, but Swansea have made the best offer. I want clarity, and a promise is a promise."

Bony, who has previously stated his intent to join Swansea, returned to Vitesse Arnhem for pre-season training this week but Kacou insists he will not be there for long.

He said: "One thing is for sure, he will not be playing for Vitesse this season." Swansea have been preparing back-up bids for a number of players in case the deal for Bony falls through.

Their chances of landing Christian Benitez, however, appear to be over as the Ecuadorian looks set to leave Mexican champions Club America to join Qatari side Al Sadd.

Swansea did sign one player yesterday, as they snapped up 17-year-old midfielder Zyaac Edwards from Welsh Premier League side Airbus.

Edwards has joined for an undisclosed fee and will link up with Swansea's under-21 squad.

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  • knolddasker  |  July 06 2013, 11:06AM

    Should have gone in for Altidore also, now he seems poised to join Sunderland. Vitesse seems to wanna wait for most money, so we should have tried to hijack altidore instead. Both are beast, but the Bony deal could end up a waste of time

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