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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup looking all over Europe for transfer window recruits

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 06, 2012


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HUW Jenkins has admitted Swansea City are scouring Europe for reinforcements in a bid to ensure they do not run out of puff in the second half of the season.

Michael Laudrup has no plans to make any significant changes to a team who have already been overhauled this term.

But Swansea’s decision-makers feel there is a need to spruce up the squad for what could be a huge few months for the club.

“Our new manager is only just getting to know most of the players we have got after 15 games,” said Swansea chairman Jenkins.

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“But with the games we have got coming up, adding one or two new players is something we’ll look at.

“Potentially there is a two-legged League Cup semi-final in January if we can get past Middlesbrough, and then we have the Arsenal FA Cup tie plus all the Premier League games.

“We need to make sure we have the right depth of squad because there are going to be a lot of competitive games,” he added.

“You look at some of the players who are new to the Premier League, and you have got to watch to make sure they are strong enough to continue right throughout the season.

“During that time they will probably need help because they will need rest, so we have to make sure we have the players to cover that.”

No fewer than seven members of the Swansea side which started at Arsenal last weekend are new to the English top flight this season, and that was despite the absence of another player who is getting used to the division, Pablo Hernandez.

Swansea do have more experienced men like Michel Vorm, Wayne Routledge and Danny Graham to come back into the fold, but Jenkins still feels January is the right time to strengthen the squad.

Swansea will be in the last four of the Capital One Cup for the first time in their history should they overcome high-flying Championship side Middlesbrough next Wednesday.

And their spectacular recent form suggests they may have plenty to play for in the league come spring as well.

Jenkins concedes it is not easy to do business in January because transfer fees can be inflated, but there is cash in the pot at the Liberty if the deals are right.

“We will have funds ready to bring in one or two, but they have got to be the right signings for this club,” he added.

Swansea’s assistant manager, Erik Larsen, has been busy scouting a number of potential targets in recent weeks.

“Apart from our own scouts we have working for us, Michael brought in Erik Larsen, and Erik’s knowledge throughout Europe is fantastic,” Jenkins said.

“He has been all around watching different players who we feel are right for us.

“He has been watching certain players just to confirm whether we are going to make an attempt to bring one or two of them in next month.”

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  • KP287  |  December 07 2012, 12:43AM

    Wouldn`t be surprised if Brenda and Liverpool come knocking on the door for Michu. He would be perfect to play alongside Suarez, hopefully he is going nowhere.

  • muld00ns  |  December 06 2012, 3:30PM

    I said that Villa comment yesterday, can't see it myself. Also, heard we're after a Korean striker from Hamburg

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 06 2012, 1:25PM

    How about a six month deal for David Villa to help him get back to fitness after his horror injury earlier this season??!! Nah I jest, but there are some who think this is really happening. No kidding, go google it lol

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  • abertawejack  |  December 06 2012, 12:42PM

    Yep troll away our Michael, but try and grab some local talent to offset European produce, as under your skillful coaching, along with Brilliant footballers in our team, we'll no doubt produce a couple of: Best, Giggs, Toshacks, to name a few. Thank You for making me so proud, every time I watch telly or read the papers, I just can't get around how much everybody is singing: The Swansea Way" with such praise. C'mon u Swanssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss....YEEHAA.

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  • hacker_jack  |  December 06 2012, 12:30PM

    A centre back and a striker are really all we should be looking for unless someone very good comes up.

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  • Hadoken376467  |  December 06 2012, 10:55AM

    Get Danny Wallace!

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