Swansea City Closing In On Ecuadorian Striker Christian Benitez

Former Birmingham City forward en route back to Premier League.

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Swansea City are reportedly closing in on a move for ex-Birmingham City striker Christian Benitez, according to Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old spent a solitary unhappy and unsuccessful season with the Blues in 2009-10 season that saw him bag just four goals in 36 appearances.

However, recently he had been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur as Andre Villas-Boas looks to increase the goal scoring options at the club as they prepare to mouth another serious challenge on the valuable Champions League places.

The Ecuadorian international left Birmingham for Mexican side Santos Laguna where he notched 21 goals in 39 games, showing that he can still find the net on a regular basis.

His good fortune there earned him a move to Club America where he continued to score on a regular basis, scoring 52 goals in 79 appearances.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is hoping to bring in another striker to the club this summer to help ease the burden on last season’s top scorer Michu, and Benitez has been one of the names near the top of the list. However, they could face competition for his signature not only from Spurs, but also from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid as they look to replace Radamel Falcao who left to join Monaco last month.

Benitez’s agent is rumoured to be on his way to England to speak with a number of interested parities with the view to setting up face-to-face talks at a later date.

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