Swansea City eye up Stoke City's Kenwyne Jones — but Danny Graham is still their player
KENWYNE Jones is a potential January target for Swansea City — but the club insisted last night that Danny Graham remains at the Liberty.
Stoke City star Jones is thought to feature on a list of possible recruits drawn up by the Swansea hierarchy as they seek to bolster their attacking options this month.
Michael Laudrup, meantime, was forced to deny that Graham had said his farewells to Swansea after reports yesterday that he was undergoing a medical ahead of a £4 million move to Sunderland.
It is understood the Black Cats are very keen on securing Graham's signature this month — but talk of a deal being done already is wide of the mark.
"I haven't heard anything about anyone not being here," the Swansea manager said as his team set off for tonight's League Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea.
"Danny is in our squad for the game, of course.
"Apart from that, I don't want to talk about transfers.
"I know it is January and you will ask me questions all through this month, but I think the game against Chelsea is so important for us that we should not talk about anything apart from Chelsea. It's a huge game for the players, for the club — for all of us."
Stories continue to circulate about Graham, who was also linked with Queens Park Rangers yesterday.
Sources in the North East have confirmed Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is interested in the former Watford man.
It could be that he is brought in as a replacement for Fraizer Campbell, who is tipped to join Hull City this month. Reading boss Brian McDermott has already admitted he is an admirer of Graham, while Aston Villa are also said to be keen.
The Gateshead-born frontman has scored three goals in his last three games, but Laudrup has continually refused to rule out the idea of selling him this month.
It could be that Graham departs and Jones arrives, although Stoke would be reluctant to sell their Trinidad & Tobago international targetman unless they can find a replacement.
Jones, who like Graham has 18 months on his contract, has recently regained his place in the Stoke side following an injury to Peter Crouch, but has spent most of the last two seasons playing second fiddle to the England man.
Former Southampton and Sunderland frontman Jones joined Stoke for £8 million in 2010.
He can be a central defender's nightmare on his day, but has struggled for consistency at times.
Jones admitted just before Christmas that he was uncertain how long he would be at Stoke — while boss Tony Pulis has revealed he wants to sign players this month but can only do so if he sells first.
Meanwhile Iago Aspas, another striker Swansea have been tracking, has stated that he will not leave Spanish side Celta Vigo in January.
"I have read many things saying that I was going to go in the winter, but they are not true," he said.
"I have already said several times that at least I will be here until June 30, then we'll see what's best for the club and for me.
"I'm very calm because I have a contract until 2017."