Michael Laudrup: Swansea City could dip into loan market before window closes
MICHAEL Laudrup has revealed that he could sign a player on loan this month as speculation mounts over the future of Danny Graham.
Swansea refused to comment on reports that emerged last night suggesting Graham has asked to leave the Liberty for "personal reasons".
They say the player is in the squad for tonight's Premier League clash at Sunderland, and Laudrup stated yesterday that Graham will "probably stay" at Swansea for at least the rest of the season.
Laudrup also admitted he may look to bring in a loan player before Thursday's transfer deadline, but says he has shelved plans to make any big-money signings because he cannot get the right player.
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Laudrup is keen to strengthen his forward line and is thought to have failed in a bid for Stoke targetman Kenwyne Jones.
But the Swansea boss is forecasting a quiet time ahead of the deadline, so it seems very unlikely that Jones will come to Wales during this window.
Laudrup cannot understand why some managers wait until the end of January to do business, and prefers to do his major transfer work during the close season.
And though he refused to comment on summer plans, it is understood Laudrup has already done the groundwork for a number of deals which will happen at the end of this campaign.
Swansea have said all along that they were looking to bring in a couple of new faces this month. But having signed only winger Roland Lamah, Laudrup now says he is in no rush to recruit.
"I am happy with my squad," he said.
"If we bring players in it will be to improve the level in our squad, and that's very difficult to do in January.
"We all want players who are playing regularly, and in January teams do not want to lose players like that.
"In some cases a club might say okay, maybe we can do something. But even then they say you will have to pay extra. That means a lot more money, but why spend that if you are in a good position?
"If we had 19 points instead of 33 maybe I would look at it differently because we would have to fight relegation, but we will not buy anyone now.
"If somebody comes in, it will be on loan. We don't want to buy anybody because buying somebody on January 31 smells of panic, and we are absolutely not panicking.
"Selling is another thing, but we will not buy anyone."
Laudrup stated earlier in the transfer window that Graham's thoughts would be key to his future.
But despite various suggestions that the ex-Watford man is keen to move on, Laudrup has stated for almost the first time that he does not want to sell.
Graham has been banned from speaking to the media since stating in an interview early this month that he wanted talks with Laudrup about his future.
And after reports surfaced last night claiming the Gateshead-born has asked for a move, a Swansea spokesman claimed the club had nothing to say. Speaking earlier in the day, Laudrup said: "I can only say Danny is a player who is here and we want him to stay — we don't want change.
"Of course I can understand if he wants to play regularly, but there are nine or ten others like him in our squad.
"He has not said officially to me that he wants to stay and I have not read or heard it in an interview, so that means he will probably stay.
"The other part is that even if a player says he wants to leave, then it's still down to the clubs involved to agree a fee. I don't want players who are unhappy or have a good chance to go somewhere else, but there's still the economic part.
"I don't want to talk about who has bid what for Danny.
"All I will say is that there have been bids and they have not been enough — and the player has not said he wants to go."
Laudrup will discuss Graham's mindset with the player before the Sunderland game.
But the likelihood is that Swansea's second top-scorer will be part of the visitors' squad.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is one of those who likes to do business on the last day of the January window, because he feels there is better value in the final hours of the market.
That could have an impact on Jones's situation — but Laudrup says Swansea will not get involved in any big-money deals as the deadline approaches.
"If somebody really wants a player and you have a whole month, why wait until the last minute?" he said. "I know things can happen right at the end, but I think it will be pretty quiet for us."
Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, meanwhile, is being touted in Spain as a future target for Barcelona.