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Swansea Manager Michael Laudrup Admits Interest In Liverpool Striker

Swans were interested in Spaniard before he joined Liverpool.

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has admitted he was interested in signing Liverpool striker Iago Aspas this summer while he was still at Celta Vigo, according to FourFourTwo.

The 26-year-old Spaniard moved to Anfield this summer for a fee of £7.7m after impressing in La Liga with Celta Vigo last season, scoring 12 goals and helping them survive relegation from the Spanish top flight, though it has been revealed that he could have been turning out for the Welsh side this year instead.

Laudrup admits he also watched Aspas, though he felt he was always unlikely to win the race to sign him against a club as big as Liverpool. Still, the Danish tactician was able to see the positives as he then moved to sign highly-rated Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony from Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem, who has made a good start to life in the Premier League.

“Liverpool is a huge club, so I can’t really blame him,” he said.
“I have been in football too many years to have thought we’d got him before he had signed. But yes, he was one of the players we looked at, and in the end Liverpool came in.
“He is fast, he is a goalscorer, he has good football intelligence, good movement and he is two-footed, so I think he will do well there.
“If we had got him he would have been the only one (rather than as well as Bony) because of the money involved,” he added.

Swansea striker Michu has also said that Aspas is a friend of his, and has backed him to do well in English football. The two teams are set to meet tomorrow night in a Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium.

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