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'Money won't be an issue for Swansea City'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

'Money won't be an issue for Swansea City'

The Swans have made a loan offer for Udinese’s Czech international Matej Vydra, says his agent.

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MONEY will not be an issue for Swansea City as they step up their efforts to strengthen their attack.

The Swans are willing to shatter their club record transfer fee in order to sign Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony, while they have also made a loan offer for Udinese's Matej Vydra according to the player's agent.

Recruiting a striker is at the top of the Swans' to-do list this summer, with Michael Laudrup eager to ease the goalscoring burden on last season's leading marksman Michu.

Laudrup has also shown an interest in Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis and Standard Liege youngster Michy Batshuayi, but Bony would be the most significant addition to the squad.

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Swansea are hopeful their bid — thought to be between £8 million and £10 million — will be enough to land the Ivory Coast international, who scored 31 goals in the Dutch league last season.

Huw Jenkins, the Swans' chairman, has said there are "substantial funds" at Laudrup's disposal in order to beat Newcastle, Everton and Anzhi Makhachkala to Bony's signature.

Swansea have indicated that price will be no barrier in their bid to sign the 24-year-old, though they are also in the market for less expensive players.

The agent of Udinese forward Vydra claims the Swans have made a season-long loan offer for the Czech Republic international, who scored 22 goals on loan at Watford last season. West Brom, Sunderland and West Ham are also keen on the 21-year-old, who Udinese were initially looking to sell for around £8 million until his valuation seemed to deter potential suitors.

The Italian side are now willing to allow Vydra another loan move, and his agent Ondrej Chovanec expects the player to enter talks with Swansea and their competitors next week.

"We agreed that none of the offers (for a permanent transfer) are in the region that would interest Udinese," said Chovanec. "They don't want to sell him for £8m so they have given us freedom to discuss loan spells with the Premier League clubs that are interested. At the moment we have offers from four Premier League clubs — West Brom, West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland."

Swansea's only summer signing so far is midfielder Jose Canas, who has joined from Real Betis on a free transfer.

The Swans are confident, however, of concluding deals for Espanyol defender Jordi Amat and another Real Betis midfielder, Alejandro Pozuelo, this week. They have also had a bid of around £2.5 million accepted for Birmingham's England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond.

As Laudrup looks to bolster all areas of his squad, Jonjo Shelvey has also been linked with Swansea after odds of the Liverpool midfielder moving to the Liberty were shortened dramatically to 1-8 on.

Meanwhile, Dwight Tiendalli has rejected a new contract from Swansea, according to his agent.

"We have not reached an agreement with Swansea," said his agent, Sebastien Casenaz. "As a free agent, of course Dwight is attracting interest from clubs in England and Germany. Currently discussions continue."

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  • chelsea1955  |  June 27 2013, 8:41PM

    Jenkins part with £10 mi££ion, you're having a laugh

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  June 27 2013, 2:46PM

    Amazing. The Rugby Union world in Wales is thrilled and celebrating £1m to keep players in Wales and this bunch of foreigners can afford TEN MILLION QUID to buy one player and pay him extortionate wages. Sport or big business? It ain't sport.

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  • Freyasdad  |  June 27 2013, 11:12AM

    Yet more mystic reporting, Why not tell all the selling clubs we have substantial funds.... what better way to put the price up on ALL of our prospective targets. By the end of the day that information will have gone global. And all the agents will be rubbing their hands with delight....

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  • waunarlwydd  |  June 27 2013, 9:37AM

    Brochadav, well said. Just get on with it Swansea !!

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  • brochadav  |  June 27 2013, 9:25AM

    After so much tension, and so many negative stories, this could turn out to be the most exciting transfer window we've ever known!! I was glad to see the end of last season (the way we finished) but waiting for the new season and the Europa league is becoming unbearable. I just want it to start now. To see who we've signed and get on with it.

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