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Swansea City must break transfer record to sign Stoke's Kenwyne Jones

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

By dafydd pritchard

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SWANSEA City will have to break their transfer fee record if they are to sign striker Kenwyne Jones.

Sources in Stoke have indicated the Potters are looking to recoup as much as possible of the £8 million they paid Sunderland for Jones in 2010.

Swansea's current highest fee is the £5.55m they paid Valencia for Pablo Hernandez in August, and they are thought to have identified Jones as a prime transfer window target.

The Swans have not yet made a bid for the powerful Trinidad & Tobago international, and it is understood Stoke will only be willing to entertain offers involving cash up front.

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Jones has 18 months left on his current contract and has recently forced himself back into Stoke's first team, scoring three goals in his last five Premier League appearances.

But prior to this fine run of form, the 28-year-old was overlooked in favour of Peter Crouch, whose £10m move from Tottenham eclipsed the then club record fee Stoke had paid for Jones two and a half years ago.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis says he is eager to add to his squad this month, but he will only be able to do so if he sells players first.

There could also be movement out of the Liberty, with Swans striker Danny Graham still being strongly linked with a move to Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Swansea's chances of signing Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas this month could be boosted by the Spanish club's need to sell.

The Swans have yet to make an offer for the 25-year-old but are understood to be keen on securing his signature this month, rather than waiting until his contract expires in the summer.

Betis are struggling financially and, although they are hoping for a fee in the region of £1m, they could be forced to sell if Swansea offer £800,000.

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  • Swansfirst  |  January 11 2013, 8:45AM

    The Swans would be mad to sell hotshot Danny Graham and replace him with fading star Kenwyne Jones. Believe me this is all paper talk and the EP ought to know a lot better after the Ian Holloway debacle when they claimed he was the favourite to succeed Brendan Rogers. Clearly the EP sports reporters really aren't in the know!

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  • trncjack  |  January 10 2013, 7:24PM

    dont get me wrong here,but , there are many instances where players only perform when their contract is coming to an end or are being eyed by other clubs , but once their feet are under the table and comfortable ,bang goes the form and the injuries come thick and fast ,and soon go back to bit part play while pocketing big money ,and you can put many players names to this senario, including dg or k j, just remember it was only a few weeks ago some were deriding dg for his so called off the field activities

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  • PlasticJack  |  January 10 2013, 5:47PM

    Why there's talk of DG leaving when Lita and Moore are still in the fold is beyond me.

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 10 2013, 2:44PM

    It looks like Jose Canas will be coming to the swan's, but not until June 30th. I've been following things on twitter and it seems the deal will be done in next few days.

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  • morton1947  |  January 10 2013, 1:07PM

    I agree with a couple of the comments as Danny Graham has also started finding the net again and so we should try to hang onto him too as well as find another good striker

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  • bexhillpotter  |  January 10 2013, 12:42PM

    Please sign this clumsy, bone idol lump, Swansea!

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  • carpmeister  |  January 10 2013, 11:14AM

    Why are we looking to buy another striker and let DG go? Does DG want to leave or is it just that he wants more playing time. With the form DG is showing at the moment he should be given a chance at least until the end of the season and hopefully for longer. He has already scored some important goals this season on top the goals he scored last season. Why replace a proven in form goalscorer with one who may or may not fit in?

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  • morton1947  |  January 10 2013, 11:00AM

    If this is true I think we may well be better suited in spending our money overseas as we will probably get a far better striker and for less money . . . Just look at Michu £2m !!! Jones can be a handful but the fact that he has been unable to keep his place regularly in the Stoke team also speaks volumes as they aren't weighed down with too many striker options. Leave it to ML and his scouts and I am sure they will come up with someone who will bolster our formidable squad.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  January 10 2013, 10:30AM

    And yet, we still have not one single piece of credible evidence that Swansea have even looked at Stoke's striker. No quotes, not even from an agent! I wish someone could get in touch with this Dafydd Pritchard and tell not to bother writing articles unless he has even an inkling of credibility to back it up. This is the Evening Post, not the Daily Mirror or The Sun!

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  January 10 2013, 10:00AM

    Leave him where he is, I have been a fan of KJ for some time but unfortunately wherever he is he seems to be a striker whose performances run out of steam. Sunderland gave him plenty of chances but he seemed unfit. Stoke, the same, some of his goals are spectacular but they are too few and far between. Give Danny Graham a pay rise, another year on his contract and inspire him to move onwards and upwards, his form of late is brilliant especially as he is scoring coming off the bench.

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