Swansea City must break transfer record to sign Stoke's Kenwyne Jones
SWANSEA City will have to break their transfer fee record if they are to sign striker Kenwyne Jones.
Sources in Stoke have indicated the Potters are looking to recoup as much as possible of the £8 million they paid Sunderland for Jones in 2010.
Swansea's current highest fee is the £5.55m they paid Valencia for Pablo Hernandez in August, and they are thought to have identified Jones as a prime transfer window target.
The Swans have not yet made a bid for the powerful Trinidad & Tobago international, and it is understood Stoke will only be willing to entertain offers involving cash up front.
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Jones has 18 months left on his current contract and has recently forced himself back into Stoke's first team, scoring three goals in his last five Premier League appearances.
But prior to this fine run of form, the 28-year-old was overlooked in favour of Peter Crouch, whose £10m move from Tottenham eclipsed the then club record fee Stoke had paid for Jones two and a half years ago.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis says he is eager to add to his squad this month, but he will only be able to do so if he sells players first.
There could also be movement out of the Liberty, with Swans striker Danny Graham still being strongly linked with a move to Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Swansea's chances of signing Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas this month could be boosted by the Spanish club's need to sell.
The Swans have yet to make an offer for the 25-year-old but are understood to be keen on securing his signature this month, rather than waiting until his contract expires in the summer.
Betis are struggling financially and, although they are hoping for a fee in the region of £1m, they could be forced to sell if Swansea offer £800,000.