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Swansea City want better offer from Tottenham Hotspur for Ben Davies

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

Swansea City are keen to bring Gylfi Sigurdsson back to the Liberty —possibly in a swap deal with Ben Davies.

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SWANSEA City are holding out for an improved offer from Tottenham for Ben Davies — while they try to move Gylfi Sigurdsson in the opposite direction.

It is believed Spurs have bid around £8 million for the left-back, who has enjoyed a breathtaking rise to prominence since breaking into the Swansea first team less than two years ago.

Having been drafted in as cover when Neil Taylor suffered a serious ankle injury in September 2012, Davies excelled, keeping his place when the former Wrexham man returned to fitness and throughout last season.

Davies has established himself as a Wales international during that period and was voted young player of the year for the previous two campaigns.

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It is thought Spurs are demanding £10 million for Sigurdsson, who spent a successful spell on loan at Swansea under Brendan Rodgers in 2012.

And it could be that Swansea accept the Icelander in a straight swap for Davies.

But even that might not satisfy the Liberty hierarchy because Luke Shaw's bumper £30 million switch from Southampton to Manchester United has somewhat skewed the market.

Shaw is just two years and three months younger than Davies and has made fewer Premier League appearances, so, as highly rated as the England international is, Swansea may question why their player is worth just a third of that price.

Davies has another three years to run on the contract he signed last term, meaning Swansea are under no pressure to sell.

If their valuation is met, it may make sense to let Davies go as they have a ready-made replacement in Taylor.

Though Davies has edged the argument in the last two campaigns, there is little to choose between the pair.

Taylor is highly thought of at Swansea and featured regularly in Europa League games last season, captaining the side on more than one occasion.

Monk is unlikely to have a problem turning to a player who represented Team GB at the Olympics just two years ago.

And the suggestion is the 25-year-old may look to move on himself if Swansea cannot guarantee him more game-time than last season.

Taylor has spoken of his frustration at spending so much time on the bench, while his agent, Jamie Moralee, insisted another campaign as a bit-part player would be unacceptable to his client.

Should Taylor leave, Swansea are unlikely to get anywhere near the fee on offer for Davies.

And if a deal can be struck that would bring Sigurdsson back to the Liberty, it may represent a shrewd piece of business.

The attacking midfielder made a big impression during his first stint in SA1, scoring seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

Swansea were close to bringing him back to South Wales on a permanent basis two years ago, but Brendan Rodgers's departure to Liverpool, coupled with a bumper offer from Tottenham, saw the former Hoffenheim man head for White Hart Lane. Sigurdsson endured a slow start to life in North London, though he played regularly and ended 2012-2013 with a flurry of goals.

He scored a respectable five times in 27 top-flight appearances last term, but a change of manager at Spurs, following Mauricio Pochettino's summer appointment, might affect his situation.

Swansea's interest in Sigurdsson casts further doubt on Michu's Liberty future.

The ex-Rayo Vallecano player was Michael Laudrup's first signing, bought as a replacement after Swansea lost out on Sigurdsson to Spurs.

Both players are best suited to operating in an advanced midfield role behind a main striker, and Michu has regularly been linked with a move away following Laudrup's departure.

Swansea have rubbished weekend reports that their 2012-13 top scorer has undergone a medical at Napoli.

West Ham are among others said to be tracking a player who was capped by Spain last October and is still likely to be sought-after despite an injury-hit campaign.

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  • Jackfrom1951  |  July 02 2014, 10:22PM

    BBC reporting Emnes has signed a three year deal. Fantastic news. All the pieces of the jigsaw are coming together now !

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  • SwanseaSam  |  July 02 2014, 7:16PM

    Any player is only worth what someone is willing to pay - guessing valuations doesn't make them right. We have two left backs - one will go whatever - so how does the club get maximum benefit. As for Vorm - not his best season (nor Tremmel's) - but notice that the goalkeeping coach is changing - could that be the problem area? But, I would agree - Bony has to stay - worth more than money to the club at this point in time.

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  • SAMANDJANET  |  July 02 2014, 7:00PM

    Davies and Williams talwarts is about right neither tall nor fast and responsible for errors that cost dear last season. Goals against Swansea does not suggest anything but a poor defence last season.Or have we got it wrong. Get rid of both £8th for Davies grab it

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  • trncjack  |  July 02 2014, 6:57PM

    JUST been looking at the pics of the returning players to training , other than our world cup guys who have not returned , cannot see michu or canas in the squad, why ?

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  • trncjack  |  July 02 2014, 6:48PM

    WILLIAMS is not going any where, but Ben will go for 10 to 12 million , and we will take gylfi in exchange worth about 7 million , giving us a profit of apox 5 million, This will go towards a bigger pay package for our Ash ,and a good bit of business done

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  • yankytaff  |  July 02 2014, 5:46PM

    I agree 100% Crojack also be mad to let Davies go until we know what's happening with Williams we can't afford 2 lose to stalwarts from our back row

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  • CroJack  |  July 02 2014, 4:49PM

    Don't sell our diamonds Davies, Bony and Michu. Their value can only increase with time. With Gomis and Fabianski we finally have got a powerfull squad so every Premier League club should fear us. Strategically and financially staying in the Premier League is more valuable then short-term earnings.

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  • morton1947  |  July 02 2014, 4:34PM

    Agree totally BeesKnees

  • nettevaughan  |  July 02 2014, 4:34PM

    ben....................AS I TELL MY DOG...............................S T A Y !! (PLEASE!)!!

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  • Gonchong  |  July 02 2014, 4:30PM

    If we keep Ben Davies, Neil Taylor will leave, if we sell Ben Davies, Neil Taylor will stay. Both are great players. Either way we will need to find a backup LB. If the price is right, sell. Shaw was worth £15m - £20m, Davies be worth a similar but lower amount. Only the big 5 clubs will spend £30m+, so asking megabucks is deluded.

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