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VIDEO: Swansea consider move for Argentina striker di Santo

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 16, 2013

Swansea City consider move for Argentina striker Franco di Santo

Argentina international Franco di Santo.

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FRANCO di Santo is on the list of possible recruits as Michael Laudrup looks to put the finishing touches to his Swansea City squad.

Three-cap Argentina international di Santo is a free agent after leaving Wigan Athletic this summer.

And it is understood he is being considered by Swansea as they bid to bolster their attacking options.

Laudrup has made it clear that his top priority between now and the end of the transfer window is to recruit a centre-forward to compete with record buy Wilfried Bony.

Having splashed out a whopping £12 million on Ivory Coast international Bony — plus £5 million on Jonjo Shelvey — Swansea are thought unlikely to spend megabucks on their next new face.

There is believed to be some cash available, but there is no doubt di Santo will prove more attractive because he is available for nothing. Still relatively young at 24, di Santo has plenty of Premier League experience after three years under Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium.

His record with the Latics was far from prolific — he scored five times in 35 appearances last season as Martinez's men went down.

In all di Santo netted 13 goals in 97 Wigan games — including 60 starts — having joined from Chelsea in 2010 for around £2 million.

He had been at Stamford Bridge since 2008 after the Blues stumped more than £3 million to bring him to England from Chilean club Audax Italiano.

Despite his lack of goals di Santo, who also spent a year on loan at Blackburn during his Chelsea days, won international recognition last season. He has reportedly held talks with West Brom already this summer and has also been linked with Italian sides Lazio and Bologna.

He suggested on his Twitter page last week that he expects some positive news soon about where he will play his football next season.

Swansea, meantime, have again been linked with Espanyol's left-sided midfield player Wakaso Mubarak.

Reports in Spain have claimed Swansea are deep in negotiations over a deal for the Ghanaian international, yet Laudrup has suggested he is only chasing a centre-forward having made six senior signings already this summer.

Meanwhile, the agent of Twente winger Nacer Chadli has claimed Swansea remains a possible destination for his client — even though Huw Jenkins is unlikely to sanction any further big-money transfers during this window.

Spurs have been heavily linked with Belgian international Chadli.

His agent, Daniel Evrard, said: "We hear a lot about Tottenham, but the club will have to come up with a concrete offer first.

"So far only Swansea City and Shakhtar Donetsk have made offers and they are still options, even though Nacer initially decided not to go. We hope to have more clarity during this week."

Video: Check out Swansea’s possible new Argentinian international striker

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  • Bredsdorff  |  July 17 2013, 9:14AM

    Who is your source? " ...it is understood..." you say, but how is it understood? I think Vydra looks like the right man as back up for Bony. Different type, young and talented. And not too expensive. But di Santo is big and strong, so maybe he is right too. Mubarak and Chadli they are both wingers though, and Swansea dont need wingers right now, I think. Gelashvili is a fine striker too, but Im sure the manager knows best what he needs. Quite exciting to see who they pick in the end. And quite exciting transfer window so far, to say the least. And it will be exciting to see if the club can keep every player, for the remainder of this transfer window.

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  • LarsML  |  July 16 2013, 3:10PM

    FRANCO di Santo, from the video thisissouthwales link 0:18 And here we have Nikoloz Gelashvili in a similar positions 0:31 better executed of Nikoloz Gelashvili http://tinyurl.com/pap5s3g Remember we recommended Andreas Cornelius to Swansea on may 29th http://tinyurl.com/ol2k3vb Before he had signed with Cardiff. and almost since then also recommed Nikoloz Gelashvili,

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  • LarsML  |  July 16 2013, 11:01AM

    and here is Nikoloz Gelashvili club agains Sturm Graz http://tinyurl.com/pap5s3g goals doing 2010-2011 season http://tinyurl.com/poft2hx excellent from a man there are almost on free transfear :)

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  • LarsML  |  July 16 2013, 10:35AM

    ( even offer to take? ups there is no edit button? so i could delete that line.

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  • LarsML  |  July 16 2013, 10:32AM

    if cheap , try:) other wise are Nikoloz Gelashvili from Georgien, age 27 http://tinyurl.com/kcrxp2a here he keeps his team , into the EL game when 0-2 down in the 3-3 match He got a excellent CV 20+ goals each season between 2008-2011+, a down periode in german Bochum, but i am not worrier about that, He plays on the georgien national team, and scoret the goal agains denmark a while ago. technical good, he is a wise player. shoot with both legs, http://tinyurl.com/lvmqn5w he has signed Qarabağ FK here from 1th of july (is an Azerbaijani football club from Agdam, playing in Azerbaijan Premier League and three times Azerbaijan Cup holders.= but that could be solve, with a little bag of money to his club. a man with 20+ each season , georgien liga or not there is still 4+ players there try to prevent you from scoring. and 20+ goals is very stabile. if he can do half as good as the mega superstar Michu , he will be a success and the down periode in bochum are not a problem, i compare it a little to Danny Graham, he did well in Swansea, but comes to Sunderland and not been able to find the net. but no one doubt Grahams qualitys. the same feeling i got with Nikoloz Gelashvilil. he is a class striker. and still got the qualitys there gave him all the goals in 2008-2011. total 64 goals. over 3 years. thats a excellent CV Best Regard from Lars ML. ( even offer to take pardon my english)

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