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Michael Laudrup responds to speculation over Swansea City signings

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 11, 2013

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MICHAEL Laudrup has admitted he is delighted to see Swansea City linked with players of the calibre of Jose Canas and Romelu Lukaku.

But the Swansea manager is keeping quiet, for now, about who he wants to sign this summer.

There are strong suggestions that Swansea are close to finalising a deal to bring Real Betis midfielder Canas to the Liberty at the end of the season.

And it has also emerged that Belgium teenager Lukaku is on Swansea's list of possible attacking recruits alongside long-term target Iago Aspas.

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Laudrup insists it is not right to comment yet on which new faces he wants on board next season.

But the Swansea manager said: "What I can say is that I am happy to hear the players you are mentioning.

"It's good to hear talk about those players and Swansea because the players are at a very high level.

"I would be feeling sorry if you mentioned names and I thought 'I don't think they are good enough to play here'.

"But you are talking about one player who is the captain of a Spanish side and another who has scored 13 goals with West Brom this season.

"They are good players, and I always like to have good players."

A host of others — including a number of La Liga stars — have already been mentioned as potential arrivals at the Liberty ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

And Laudrup accepts that the speculation is likely to increase as the transfer window approaches.

"I am sure there are another five or six names you could ask me about now, and no doubt there will be many more names mentioned than the actual number of players we need," he added.

"We cannot sign them all — or even try to sign them all.

"But we need to be strong next season, even stronger than we have been this season.

"We want to get into the group stage of the Europa League and if we do that, you can see what can happen. Look at Newcastle this year.

"They were fifth last season but this year they have been fighting at the other end of the table.

"It's tough to play in four competitions and you need a strong team.

"You don't need 40 players, but you need a strong team."

All being well, the combative Canas is set to arrive in Wales in the summer.

It is thought he has agreed a pre-contract with Swansea, but for now his focus is on trying to get Real Betis into Europe.

Currently seventh in La Liga, Betis face their arch rivals in the Seville derby tomorrow night.

"I think we need to have respect for these players, and you are asking me about a player from Betis and they have a possibility of getting into Europe," Laudrup said.

"They have the derby against Sevilla this weekend.

"That's a huge game — like Swansea against Cardiff.

"And this one is especially big for Betis because they lost the first one earlier this season 5-1, so I don't think it's fair to talk about one of their players.

"It's a player I know well, but I know a lot of players."

Swansea, meanwhile, look set to sign teenage triallist Kenji Gorre on an initial one-year deal.

The 18-year-old winger has been told he has no future at Manchester United.

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  • Stan_Gun  |  April 11 2013, 11:20AM

    Hmmm...With a prospective stronger and more competitive Swansea team vying for a top 6 spot (or better) and doing well in Europe, which club would Chelsea prefer Lukaku to go to, Swans or West Brom?

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  April 11 2013, 10:41AM

    A real quality player who is head and shoulders above our front memn (michu is at his best as second striker) will chelsea let him another year on loan? Good luck to huwbert jenkins and the board if we can pull of this deal I'll be a very happy oap

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  • Philosoraptor  |  April 11 2013, 9:01AM

    Lukaku would be such an amazing signing, even if for a season long loan. This man is powerful, pacey, has wicked shot power, he is one of those very few players who somehow gets the shot off very quickly.... seriously, watch some of his goals, his shooting leg moves only marginally slower than Ronaldo's so the defender makes the block after the ball is already travelling towards the goal, he has brilliant spacial awareness and being just 19 years old his stamina levels are sky high. Not too mention, this guy already plays in a team that has somewhat embraced the pass and move system, maybe not to our extent but West Brom are not up there for their long ball tactic if you know what I am saying. We were agreeing here on this site last season that West Brom were a decent and technically gifted team and this West Brom team have been getting Lukaku used to recieving the ball and looking at different options to just turn the defender, run with ball and shoot. He has had a full season to adjust to holding up the ball, passing back to his midfield if he is crowded out, he has learnt to ghost the shoulder of the defensive line as his wingers get ready to put in the cross. Chelsea did not pay £18M for this particular player for no reason, some signings they made were disasters, but this kid is so far seems like he is worth every penny and this season he has 13 goals in 15 starts for West Brom. And his attitude is truly professional, he is asking Chelsea for another loan year if he isn't first team.... that is amazing! No ego, he just wants to learn and show people what he can do! I am preying Chelsea accept his request for one more year on loan and Chelsea look at Swansea and think this kid will get the games here, it is obvious he would play most games, Lukaku is one of the better ones out of Belguim's current influx of Wonderkids. He could do so much damage to opposition in our team.

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