Swansea City Still Waiting for Work Permit for £12m New Signing Wilfried Bony

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Liberty Stadium side hope to secure clearance for Ivory Coast international.

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has confirmed that £12m summer signing Wilfried Bony is still waiting for a work permit but is optimistic that a positive resolution will soon be found according to Sky Sports http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11731/8833381/transfer-news-swansea-still-waiting-on-wilfried-bonys-work-permit.

The Ivorian made the switch to the Liberty Stadium in a record club move from Vitesse Arnhem earlier this summer but while he has been awaiting clearance the 24-year-old has been forced to train with his previous employers.

He has already made his debut for the Swans playing in their recent friendly at Den Haag last weekend but he still hasn’t got permission to play in South Wales.

Bony was being tracked by a whole host of Premier League sides before signing for the Swans in a club record deal.

Laudrup is now confident that the documentation issue will be sorted in the next few weeks, allowing the striker to join up with his squad .

He said: “The club are still working on Wilfried’s work permit.

“He’s still in Holland and we gave him permission to train with Vitesse because otherwise it would be too many days without doing anything.

“It’s something we have to cope with as he is a player from outside the European Union.

“He hasn’t been to Swansea yet, but I hope he will be here next week. I heard from the club and they hope it will be during this week. It would be nice to have him back for training on Thursday.

“It’s best to have the player here. Now we’ve signed him it’s not so good if he is only in Holland. We want him here.”

Bony hit 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie games last season and winning the top scorer award and the prestigious Dutch player of the year title.

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