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Kenwyne Jones is No.1 transfer target for Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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KENWYNE Jones has emerged as Swansea City's top transfer window target as Michael Laudrup bids to bolster his forward line.

Swansea are closing on the signing of Belgian wideman Roland Lamah, who could tie up his move to the Liberty Stadium early this week.

But Laudrup's prime January concern is to sign a centre-forward — and Jones is the one he wants.

Swansea have been linked with moves for a host of players on the Continent, and Laudrup has admitted his admiration for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas.

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But it is Stoke targetman Jones, is due to play against Swansea next weekend, who Laudrup is determined to get before the window closes in two-and-a- half weeks' time.

Despite some talk of a loanl, Stoke are only likely to let Jones leave the Britannia Stadium on a permanent basis.

And that means Swansea will have to stump up a fee of at least £4 million for a player who cost the Potters £8 million two-and-a-half seasons ago and still has 18 months to run on his contract.

Jones is currently enjoying a run in the Stoke side, and has scored three times in his last seven games.

But the 28-year-old only got a chance because of an injury to Peter Crouch, and the feeling is that the England man will soon be back in Tony Pulis's team.

Jones has spent much of his time in a back-up role since Stoke splashed out £10 million on Peter Crouch in the summer of 2011.

The Trinidad & Tobago international has scored four times in 16 appearances this season — though many of them have been from the bench — and has netted a total of 20 times for Stoke.

Jones had made his name as a top-flight frontman at Sunderland having come through the ranks at Southampton.

It seems he could now be on his way to Swansea — though Stoke may insist on securing a replacement first — where he is set to be joined Lamah.

The 25-year-old has been in and out of the side at struggling La Liga club Osasuna this season and is on the brink of a move to Wales.

It is unclear at this stage whether he will arrive on loan with a view to a permanent transfer, or if Swansea will agree to an immediate seven-figure full-time switch.

Lamah, who has been capped nine times by Belgium, had spells with Anderlecht, Dutch side Roda JC and French club Le Mans before joining Osasuna 18 months ago.

Lamah's arrival would mean Swansea have four natural wide players, which suggests talk over the weekend of a £7 million bid for Blackpool's Tom Ince was well wide of the mark.

Swansea are long-time admirers of Ince, but there seems little chance of them spending that sort of money on the England Under-21 man, who is widely tipped to join Liverpool this month.

Swansea are also in for Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas and are monitoring Bolton left-back Marcos Alonso.

Laudrup has refused to comment on the various transfer stories, saying: "There are a lot of names out there right now. When things are done and secured we can talk about them.

"Obviously I know most of the players who are being mentioned, but that doesn't mean we have an interest in them.

"And even if we do, it's a long way from having an interest to actually signing the player."

Aspas, meantime, was linked with Chelsea and Reading over the weekend, though he has stated that he will remain with Celta Vigo until the end of the season.

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  • cyril392  |  January 15 2013, 4:48PM

    Good to hear about the young players bubbling under the surface. I thought Darnel Situ looked a real prospect when I saw him last season in the reserves. Haven't heard anything much about him this season though.

  • Philosoraptor  |  January 15 2013, 10:38AM

    Doubt it, will probably likely press for a place next season when they are 21. Barring injury disasters the club doesn't seem to push the youngsters in until the last year of the U-21 eligibility. Sort of like when Jazz was introduced.

  • hacker_jack  |  January 15 2013, 9:16AM

    Are they likely to be pressing for a place anytime soon?

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  • Philosoraptor  |  January 15 2013, 8:53AM

    Donnelly and Proctor are coming along just fine, and Alfei is doing very well for Wrexham. By the way folks, Alex Samuel. 16 years old, this kid looks really promising! He is from Neath, a striker, signed by the Swans last year from Aberystwyth. He oozes space, his shooting power is skin to a howitzer and best of all, he scored the only goal when Wales Schoolboys beat England Schoolboys. Whilst he can put his foot through a football, his goal in that match was sublime. He received a threaded ball that carved open the England defence, and running on to that through ball he used the deftest of touches to calmly lift the ball over the England keeper and into the net. It was a mark of a player who knows what to do under pressure and shows he has guile and composure with an on rushing keeper and defence bearing down on him. So, lets keep an eye out for Alex. :-)

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 15 2013, 8:19AM

    Does anyone watch the reserves regularly and can report on how Donnelly and Proctor are getting along? I was hoping to see one or other of them at least be challenging for the bench/sub appearances by now.

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 15 2013, 8:17AM

    by ILoveMichuMonday, January 14 2013, 5:27PM "I saw him miss a good opportunity on saturday to score. I dont know how much existing players are on, but 50k a week sounds an insane amount of money for a player I never heard of. ----------------------- Clearly you know zip about football if you've never heard of a player who has been a regular starter and goalscorer in the premierhsip for the last 5 years. Our best players are on £30,000-£40,000 at the moment so I fully expect us to have a few £50,000 p/w players next year, just not ones who will be on the bench more often than not.

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  • Philcwmavon  |  January 15 2013, 2:00AM

    His wages has nothing to do with us or anybody else.If our leading lights brought Kenwyne on board,their judgement will be good enough for me. Personally,I think he is a team player who would add an extra option to an extra-special squad.

  • brochadav  |  January 14 2013, 9:07PM

    The fee combined with his likely wage demands and his age all make this a no no for me. DG is good enough and we should be looking for someone younger than 28 to give Danny a nudge. Competition is needed for the strikers position.

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  • bennyhill4  |  January 14 2013, 6:25PM

    ilovemichu, You have never heard of kenwin jones, and you call yourself a football fan.He scored 2 goals against liverpool a few weeks ago.I think you have become a fan since swans got into the premier league,not before

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  • ILoveMichu  |  January 14 2013, 5:27PM

    I saw him miss a good opportunity on saturday to score. I dont know how much existing players are on, but 50k a week sounds an insane amount of money for a player I never heard of. We have one of the best scorers in the league in michu and danny has scored 4 goals in 5 games while playing very little time. He went through a dry patch for 9 full time games last year and still scored a respectable 14 goals in his first year. He can score more. Not fussed to be honest.

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