Swansea Transfer Focus – Bony checks in as Laudrup rebuilds

Record Swansea City signing Wilfried Bony has wasted no time in making his intentions clear after his arrival at the Liberty Stadium, declaring that he wants to be the new Didier Drogba.

The Ivory Coast international told gathered journalists: “Didier is a big inspiration for me. I have spoken to him – he said congratulations and that he is proud of me. He said I have to work hard because the Premier League is the next level up, but he knows that if I believe then I can do well.

I have to listen to his advice and try to do what I can and give my best. Didier had a big career and scored a lot of goals in the Premier League, but I hope to do the same or more. We will see.

He said Swansea was a good team and play very good football – there are not very many teams in the UK who play like that. He said he knows how I play, and that I will enjoy playing for Swansea. He said I have made a good decision.

Encouraging words for Swansea fans, and after scoring 31 goals in 30 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem last season, he is a striker that bears all the hallmarks of the predatory Drogba.

Physically a defender’s nightmare, Bony is equipped with pace and lethal finishing ability, and if he can find his feet quickly, he should be the perfect foil for the abundance of creative talent among the team’s ranks.

The fee commanded an initial outlay of £12m, which could eventually rise to £13.75M with add-ons, and sees the club’s summer spending hit the £20m mark, after the signings of Jose Canas, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jordi Amat, Jonathan de Guzman, and just last week, Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool.

And fans will be pleased to know that it won’t stop there with Laudrup reportedly in the market for at least another striker, and possibly a winger.

The South Wales Evening Post reports that the exact words used by the manager were that he was after a “different type of centre-forward” to compete with his latest acquisition. This provoked speculation about the future of Udinese front-man Matej Vydra, who spent last season on loan at Watford.

You could ask a lot of names,” the manager replied. “So many players are linked and when they go to another place it’s because they turned us down when we never wanted them.

Five players that aren’t part of the plans for next season though are Alan Tate, Kemy Augustien, Luke Moore, Leroy Lita, and Curtis Obeng, who have been left out of Swansea’s pre-season tour of Holland, and told that they can find new clubs.

Some of them were spoken to in April; Tate and [Kyle] Bartley knew we wanted to bring in a different type of centre-back. We want someone who can play a little higher with more speed and they both said they didn’t want to be fourth or fifth choice here,” Laurup said. Early signs indicate however that Bony aiming to be No. 1.

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