Profile: Swansea City transfer target Kenwyne Jones
Swansea City have their eye on Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, it is understood.
The player, who joined Stoke City in 2010, is on the radar of Michael Laudrup, who is keen to bolster his forward line.
City will have to break their transfer fee record if they are to sign the striker, with sources in Stoke indicating the Potters are looking to recoup as much as possible of the £8 million they paid Sunderland for Jones.
But what would City be getting for their money if they were to sign the 28-year-old?
Born in Trinidad, Jones began his career with home club Joe Public in 2002. He remained with the club for less than a year, quickly moving on to join W Connection.
This “proved his platform for entry into the Premier League and the spark for his emergence as a national idol”, according the Daily Telegraph.
He was plucked from obscurity by Southampton in July 2004, joining the club for a nominal fee. During his three years at the club he enjoyed loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City.
He scored seven goals in seven games during his month-long loan at Sheffield Wednesday, and played 13 times for Stoke City after joining in February 2005, scoring three goals.
In 2007, days after handing in a transfer request, 22-year-old Jones penned a £6 million deal with Sunderland. Jones had been linked with a move to Derby, but instead headed to the Stadium of Light.
Manager Roy Keane told the club’s official website: "I'm delighted that Kenwyne is a Sunderland player. He was very keen to join this club and that is always a good thing.
"He is a big strong boy who is quick and athletic too. He has real physical presence and is the type of player we've been missing."
In January 2009 Jones signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the club, putting an end to speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham. Sunderland had rejected several bids from the Londoners, including an offer of £15m.
But the following year, in August 2010, Jones signed with Stoke City for a record £8m.
The 25-year-old joined on a four-year contract, returning to the club where he had a loan spell in 2005.
Manager Tony Pulis said: "We need goals in our team and we also need strong competition among our strikers if we are to continue improving at this level.
"Kenwyne will give us that. It's no secret that I am one of his biggest admirers; he did a smashing job for us when he was here on loan.
"He was very young back then but I believe that he has the best years ahead of him as a top striker."
Pulis also revealed Jones had taken a significant pay cut to join the Potters.
Jones, who has been capped at Under-18, Under-20, Under-23 Olympic team level and for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, is understood to be Swansea City's top transfer window target.