Marvin Emnes back on the radar for Swansea City
MARVIN Emnes and Tom Ince have emerged as leading targets for Michael Laudrup as Swansea City get set for a frantic final week in the transfer window.
Swansea hope to complete a record-breaking £5 million-plus deal for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng by close of play today.
They are continuing to pursue £5 million Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez — and they are also chasing a second new wideman.
There are suggestions that Swansea are close to agreeing a fee with Middlesbrough for Emnes, who scored a memorable winner at the Cardiff City Stadium during a loan stint in SA1 back in 2009-10.
And Swansea are also thought to have tabled a bid for Blackpool youngster Ince as they seek a replacement for Scott Sinclair, who seems sure to leave for Manchester City.
Swansea have made a number of attempts to bring Emnes back to Wales, most recently in the spring when Brendan Rodgers was still at the helm, and they are now back on the Dutchman’s trail.
Laudrup has made it clear he wants four senior wingers in his squad, but at this stage Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge are the only two who seem sure to be around when the transfer window closes a week today.
Hernandez would be a third if Swansea can strike a deal with Valencia, while Emnes, Ince or Bristol City’s Albert Adomah could make up the quartet with Sinclair seemingly on his way to the Etihad.
The arrival of Ki will give Swansea some serious competition in central midfield.
The 23-year-old is due at the Liberty today to undergo a medical but will not be considered for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
“It’s an honour to play in such a world-class league that I’ve only watched on television,” he told reporters in his native South Korea as he set off for Wales.
“The key is to make adjustments to my new environment as quickly as I can. If I can just play my game, I think I will have a good career there.”
Ki did not speak specifically about Swansea — but gave the game away when Laudrup was mentioned.
“I would expect to learn a lot from him since he was such an internationally renowned player,” Ki added.
Laudrup was reluctant to discuss his transfer plans ahead of the Hammers fixture, but conceded Ki is a player who will be an asset to Swansea.
“The contract is not signed yet, and I like to wait until everything is signed and sealed,” said the Dane.
“But it should go through, and I think he is an important player to have in our midfield.
“We have Jonathan (de Guzman), we have other players, but we lost Joe Allen of course and it’s important for the squad to have a dynamic player like that.
“The players we have signed and will sign are players who can fit into our style.
“Ki has played a couple of seasons in British football, which is very important.
“The players who have come in from abroad have made a great start, but experience of this kind of football is good.”
Laudrup would not be drawn on Hernandez, who has made it clear to Valencia that he wants to join Swansea.
As yet, however, the two clubs have been unable to agree a fee.
“We still have a week to go until the transfer window closes,” Laudrup said.
“It’s always nice if players say they would like to play for a club or for a manager, but let’s just leave this at least until after our game against West Ham. The most important players are the ones that are here already — we have to focus on them.”
The latest name being linked with Swansea is promising Crewe midfielder Ashley Westwood, who is already skipper of the Alex at the age of just 22.
Laudrup, meantime, has stressed yet again that he expects a number of players to leave Swansea this month.
“We have a lot of players when you look at the numbers in the squad,” he said.
“I think things will happen next week.”
The Hammers could include a new face tomorrow, with Wolves winger Matt Jarvis closing in on a £10 million move to Upton Park last night.