Splashing the cash: Swansea City's record signings
COLIN IRWIN (£350,000 from Liverpool, August 1981)
The European Cup winner joined the Swans during the heady success of John Toshack’s reign, prompted in part by Mark Lawrenson’s arrival at Liverpool. Irwin was immediately handed the captaincy, but his time at the Vetch was disrupted by injuries which would ultimately end his career. Swansea soon paid the price for their lavish spending as they fell down the leagues as quickly as they had climbed them.
ASHLEY WILLIAMS (£400,000 from Stockport, March 2008)
Wales’s current captain initially joined Swansea on loan, arriving just minutes before the loan deadline passed. The centre-back helped Roberto Martinez’s men win the League One title, before joining permanently for a fee which broke Irwin’s record which had stood for almost 27 years. It now seems a bargain, with Williams imperious for the Swans in the Premier League.
CRAIG BEATTIE (£500,000 rising to £800,000 from West Brom, August 2009)
Paulo Sousa spent an initial £500,000 on the burly Scottish striker, with add-ons meaning the fee rose to £800,000. The former Celtic man did not have much of an impact, scoring only seven goals in 46 appearances before he was released in January 2012.
SCOTT SINCLAIR (£500,000 rising to £1m from Chelsea, August 2010)
Sinclair became the first Swansea player to cost £1 million, though that was only confirmed when his Championship play-off final hat-trick secured promotion to the Premier League. Sinclair joined Manchester City for £6.2 million last summer, but could be on the move again after a frustrating season on the bench.
DANNY GRAHAM (£3.5 million from Watford, June 2011)
Swansea began preparing for life in the Premier League by snapping up the sought-after man who had just ended the season as the Championship’s top-scorer. Graham proved a smart acquisition, scoring 21 goals in 62 appearances before joining Sunderland for £5 million in January.
KI SUNG-YUENG (£5.5 million from Celtic, August 2012)
The South Korean international established himself as a fans’ favourite at Parkhead, scoring a superb long-range goal in Celtic’s Scottish FA Cup final win over Motherwell in 2011. A dynamic and skilful midfielder, Ki had a decent, if unspectacular, first season with the Swans.
PABLO HERNANDEZ (£5.5 million from Valencia, August 2012)
Just over a week after making Ki their record signing, Swansea set another new landmark when they paid Valencia £5.5 million for Hernandez. The Swans’ new status as a serious Premier League side was reflected by their capture of a Spanish international, and Hernandez showed glimpses of his undoubted talent in a promising first campaign.
WILFRIED BONY (£12 million from Vitesse Arnhem, July 2013)
This was a bona fide ‘transfer saga’, a protracted move which dragged on for more than a month with agents, managers and Bony himself all having their say. The Ivorian scored 31 goals in the Dutch top flight last season, and he set about repaying the Swans’ £12 million outlay with a brace on his debut against Malmo.