Spain star Alvaro Vazquez interests Swansea City boss Laudrup
MICHAEL Laudrup is confident Swansea City will land a forward before Monday's transfer deadline and has admitted he is interested in Alvaro Vazquez.
Laudrup has conceded that like West Brom's Peter Odemwingie, Getafe striker Vazquez has the qualities Swansea are looking for.
But he has denied suggestions that a £2.5 million bid has been tabled for the Spain Under-21 man.
"Alvaro Vazquez is a young player who I know," said the Swansea manager.
"He is a little different. He is a forward who can play out wide and he has the characteristics we are talking about, like Odemwingie.
"That's why I imagine those names have come up — because they both fit the profile — but there has been no bid for Vazquez."
Laudrup stated quite clearly during pre-season that he did not want to recruit any more La Liga players after the signings of Alejandro Pozuelo, Jose Canas and Jordi Amat took the tally of Spanish players at the Liberty to seven.
But it seems he may now be prepared to add yet another Spaniard as the options in the transfer market begin to thin out.
Swansea remain in the hunt for Odemwingie, who is thought to be keen on a move to SA1.
But they must first agree a fee with West Brom, which may not be easy given that the likes of Stoke and Cardiff are also interested.
"I don't want to go into details about individual players," Laudrup added.
"We are working hard to get a forward and I expect someone to come in.
"There's still work to do, but I am confident someone will land in Swansea before the deadline.
"I don't want to say if any bids have gone in. We are talking to different people because we need to have options."
Laudrup is chasing a speedy player to give him an alternative to the likes of Michu and Wilfried Bony in attack.
"I want someone with pace first of all," he explained.
"Secondly, they have to have the right attitude — they have to want to come and play for us, because there are some players who prefer other clubs or other leagues.
"And if he is a player with some knowledge (of the Premier League) who has played recently, then that's good as well.
"If you go out and sign a player on loan who has not played for a year, there's a question mark about how much time he will need to adapt to the Premier League and to get to a certain level.
"We need a player who can come in and be part of the group straightaway."
Ideally Laudrup would like to get a deal done well before the window closes at 11pm on Monday, but it seems increasingly likely that Swansea's search for a frontman could go to the wire.
"I prefer to avoid the last day because I don't have good experiences of the last day," he said.
"Some people panic on the last day. Suddenly another club come in for a player who you thought you would sign, or the selling club decide they will not release him any more.
"But we are in Romania now, then we travel home and the next day we up to Birmingham for another game. Then it is the last day, so it might go that far for us."