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Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins meeting agents in bid to land new players

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 14, 2013

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SWANSEA City are pressing on with the search for new recruits as they attempt to put their clash with Michael Laudrup's agent to one side.

Tensions between the club's owners and Bayram Tutumlu erupted on Wednesday night after the Evening Post broke the news that Swansea had severed all ties with Laudrup's long-time representative.

Tutumlu responded with a stinging attack on Huw Jenkins — yet Laudrup insists the problems between his right-hand man and his employers will not affect his position at the Liberty.

Swansea's owners are also keen to stress that their relationship with Laudrup remains healthy despite the recent turbulent spell.

And the club have indicated that they hope to have some positive news soon as they bid to bolster the playing staff ahead of next season's Europa League campaign.

Laudrup is currently on holiday in Majorca — he was pictured yesterday alongside Tutumlu, tennis star Rafa Nadal and former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis among others — but Jenkins is back in Britain after his own summer break and is working hard on potential signings.

Swansea are hopeful of concluding some sort of deal for Jonathan de Guzman after he spent last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea have been negotiating for some time with Villarreal and, if no fee can be agreed, it could be that the Dutch international midfielder returns for a second loan stint.

And Swansea say they are trying to push through further deals having kicked off their summer rebuilding work by signing Jose Canas last week.

It is thought Jenkins has spent much of this week meeting various agents in a bid to secure new faces.

The top priority for Swansea is to strengthen their forward line, with Laudrup making it clear to the club that he is not happy with his current options in attack.

Birmingham City wideman Nathan Redmond has emerged as a possible target for Swansea.

The highly-rated teenager, who has been away with the England Under-21s this summer, could be available for a cut-price £2 million as he has only a year to run on his contract and the Blues are in need of cash.

Swansea have also been linked with Espanyol pair Wakaso and Jordi Amat.

Ghana international Wakaso is a left-sided midfield player who has been touted as a summer target for Everton, Juventus and Inter Milan.

The 22-year-old made his La Liga debut as a Villarreal player in 2011 but established himself in the Spanish top flight with Espanyol last season.

Centre-back Amat, meantime, spent last term on loan at Rayo Vallecano, where he established himself as a regular in defence and hit the headlines for scoring a goal from close to the halfway line.

Swansea have brushed off fresh speculation in France that Laudrup could be a target for Paris St Germain if, as seems likely, Carlo Ancelotti leaves them for Real Madrid.

French paper L'Equipe suggested PSG had spoken to Laudrup about his availability, but Swansea say they know nothing about any interest.

PSG have been previously mentioned as one of a host of clubs who are interested in Laudrup.

Swansea forward Leroy Lita, meanwhile, has been mentioned as a possible target for new Wolves boss Kenny Jackett.

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  • swanseaola  |  June 15 2013, 7:14PM

    Don't panic Mr Mainwaring. 1) We have a chairman who loves our club and all he is trying to do is to maintain the integrity of our super club and facilitate its growth.He and his board have done this consistently from the time it nearly died! 2) We have a manager who has delivered to the JACK ARMY the most successful period in our CLUB'S history. CHILL

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  • bigphil1959  |  June 15 2013, 12:44PM

    Yes i agree with you crojack there are muppets on here making stupid comments about ex players, and our great chairman huw jenkins these people need to grow up its pathetic.

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  • chelsea1955  |  June 14 2013, 10:30PM

    Get a Dai Gwyther type centre forward built like a brick s---house, defenders would not go near him, (just to let the NEW FOUND Swans fans he was our centre forward late 60s early 70's) L E G E N D

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  • chelsea1955  |  June 14 2013, 10:27PM

    yawn. yawn, yawn

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  • knolddasker  |  June 14 2013, 9:33PM

    I still don't understand why Swansea didn't jump in before Liverpool and pay the buy-out clause on Aspas. Also they should invest more in scouting the dutch, belgium and the french league's, alot of great talent has come frome these league cheap like Benteke, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard, Moussa Sisokko and so on... Most of the attacking talent in Spain seems to have been harvested already, go for Bony he want's a move to the PL, but will most likely cost a bit and big clubs are interested too. But we need to bring in a great attacking player in the forseeable forture to calm everyone down and to stop all the stories going on. With Canas, De Guzman and a few more the team for next season could still look good. I had hope Swansea would have gone after Okore to strenghen the defence, but he went to Aston Villa, maybe ML and the board should consider a hijack-move for Helenius before he signes for Villa also. He comes cheap and is a has tons of potential. At least bring in a big strong frontman and a fast poacher type, with goals in his legs ^^ Btw Amat would be a great signing so cheap, but he will prop be Hi-jacked by some spanish club like Villareal

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  • CroJack  |  June 14 2013, 9:07PM

    I can see some muppets here are trying to humiliate Borini, Allen and Graham. They are good players who were excellent for us. It seems to me that these muppets don't have any sort of quality control between the first stirring of a thought in their brain and the process of submitting it on here.

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  • 2face  |  June 14 2013, 6:57PM

    by brochadav "The transfer window is still not officially open. And with modern technology business can still be done, wherever he is." Yes it is in PL http://tinyurl.com/cf6o7la

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  • carjack  |  June 14 2013, 6:22PM

    Let us all just be patient Huw and Michael will not let us down. Stay positive and we will all be enjoying next season.

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  • confused67  |  June 14 2013, 3:30PM

    Before Huw went on holiday, all contacts for possible new players had been made, it was just a matter of waiting for all the European seasons to finish. Some of those players had already stated back in January, that they were going nowhere until their season had finished. The fact that they chose to go to richer clubs can not be blamed on our club. Comments made by ML about Huw not trying hard enough to bring those players in, is way out of line, also Tutumlu should not be commenting on MLs behalf, ML should be doing that himself. Reading between the lines, I think ML & Tutumlu were trying to force Huw into spending more money than was promised. We should all remember what happened the last time that, that happened.Nobody is more frustrated about losing out on most of our targets,than I am.

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  • arnoldlane  |  June 14 2013, 12:11PM

    Skysports website has an item on the top ten WORST P/L buys for 2012.13 Three of the ten are ex Swans. Borini Allen Graham

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