Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Swans close to strengthening squad

Michael Laudrup could be about to add to his Swansea squad

Swansea have tabled bids for a number of transfer targets as they and manager Michael Laudrup look to move on from the disagreements that hampered the start of their summer.

A falling-out between the club and Bayram Tutumlu - Laudrup's agent - over transfer policy had seemed to throw the Dane's future into doubt. Laudrup, who has worked with Tutumlu since his playing days with Barcelona, has made it clear he wants to stay at Swansea, despite the club refusing to work with his representative.

It is understood that since that decision was made, real progress has been made in identifying the players needed to strengthen the Swans' squad ahead of a season which will see them compete in the Europa League. Press Association Sport understands the signings of some of those players could be completed by the end of this week.

One of those new faces looks set to be Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond. Swansea have met the Blues' valuation with an offer which included defender Kyle Bartley as a makeweight, and it is understood the deal is close to being completed.

Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo is also expected to follow his team-mate Jose Canas to south Wales, with £2million-rated Espanyol defender Jordi Amat another Primera Division player on Laudrup's radar.

Laudrup had made it clear from the outset that his main target this summer was a striker, and Swansea have made offers of over £8million for Lyon and France striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Vitesse Arnhem's Wilfried Bony, who is reportedly also attracting interest from Newcastle and Everton.

Gomis' wage demands could yet be a stumbling block, but should either of those deals be completed it would break Swansea's record expenditure on a player; dwarfing the £5.55million paid for Pablo Hernandez last August.

The Welsh club are also in talks with Villarreal as they look to bring Jonathan de Guzman back to the Liberty Stadium for a second season-long loan after the Holland international's impressive form last term.

One man Swansea have brought in, in an off-field capacity, is former fans' favourite Lee Trundle. The ex-striker, who scored 91 goals in 194 appearances for the Swans, has been signed up as a club ambassador.

The 36-year-old will work with the current squad on community and charity commitments, host match day hospitality and become part of the academy coaching set-up.

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