Ivory Coast international on his way to the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea City look set to finalise the signing of Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony, after agreeing a £13million fee with Vitesse Arnhem plus add-ons according to the BBC.
The Ivory Coast international was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United throughout the year, and despite clear interest from West Ham United as well, Bony opted to join Swansea City after the Dutch side rejected West Ham’s bid. It is believed the chance to play European football is one of the main reasons why the 24 year-old opted to sign for the Welsh club.
After an impressive season, scoring 31 goals in just 30 league games, Bony was named the Dutch footballer of the year for 2013. He will now join up with 27 year-old Spanish striker Miguel Perez Cuesta [Michu] who bagged an impressive 22 goals in his debut season for the Welsh club.
Wilfried will become Michael Laudrup’s seventh permanent summer signing when he is confirmed this week after signing Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jose Canas, Jordi Amat, Gregor Zabret and Alex Gogic.
The Capital One Cup winners will now turn their attention to Espanyol’s winger Wakaso Mubarak who is being eyed by Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan. Laudrup feels an offer of just £4.3million will be enough to tempt the Spanish side into selling their Ghanaian.
If they fail with their attempts to sign Mubarak, then they will then try and force through a £6million deal for FC Twente’s Belgian winger Nacer Chadli, formerly targeted by Liverpool – which we reported two days ago.