Swansea City line up Spain winger Pablo Hernandez
SWANSEA City are lining up an eye-catching move for Spanish international winger Pablo Hernandez.
Reports in Spain say Swansea have been in touch with Valencia over Hernandez, the 27-year-old star who has four caps for his country.
The suggestion is that there has been no bid as yet as Swansea weigh up their options.
But it seems Michael Laudrup is keen to be reunited with a player he worked with during his spectacular spell in charge of Getafe back in 2007-08.
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Hernandez, who is happiest on the right flank, suggested earlier this summer that he is happy at Valencia.
But he is thought to be behind Sofiane Feghouli in the pecking order for a place out wide at the Mestalla and may therefore be tempted to move on.
Laudrup wants to add at least one wideman to his squad this summer, and has revealed that he is chasing a player at "a big club". It seems Hernandez is that man, but the question now is whether Swansea are prepared to finance a deal for such a high-calibre player.
Swansea, who are also being linked with Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven, are refusing to comment on transfer speculation as they are linked with a host of names.
Angel Rangel, meanwhile, admits Swansea are still getting used to life under Laudrup — but insists they can kick off his reign with victory at Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
Swansea's second Premier League adventure begins at Loftus Road on Saturday with the club looking to put a turbulent summer behind them.
Swansea enjoyed arguably their finest ever season last term, but have since lost their manager and a number of key players.
Now Laudrup is the man charged with inspiring more against-the-odds success in his first season in the English game.
It is a daunting challenge for all concerned at the Liberty, but Rangel reckons Swansea can turn heads in the top flight once more.
"We feel we are ready — even if it is difficult when a new manager comes in," the right-back said.
"We've had a few weeks with the new manager and he is similar in some ways and different in others compared with what we've had before. It's taken time to get used to new ways of doing things and it will still take time as the season goes on, like with any new manager.
"But the longer we go, the more we will learn.
"We are still looking to play with the same philosophy, being comfortable on the ball. We know what the manager wants and now it is down to the players to do it.
"Hopefully we can get some good results at the start of the season and really kick on." Swansea, who have a dreadful record at QPR, have looked good going forward in pre-season but have also appeared a little vulnerable at the back.
They have scored seven goals and conceded five in their two most significant pre-season friendlies, and Rangel concedes that Swansea may be a more open team this year.
"We're trying to be adventurous and penetrate more than perhaps we did at times last season," he added.
"That can leave you open at the back if you are not careful, so we have to keep working and get better and be ready for it. Against Stuttgart (last weekend) it was probably a good game to watch but more for the crowd than for us.
"We didn't play well in the first half on Saturday but it was a pre-season game and the aim is to be ready and we feel we will be."
Rangel will start the new season in a back four featuring two other stalwarts from the last campaign, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor.
New recruit Chico Flores will make up Laudrup's first rearguard, and Rangel reckons his fellow countryman can shine in the Premier League.
Chico has previous experience of the top leagues in Spain and Italy and, though his English is limited at present, Swansea hope there will be no communication issues in West London.
"We're trying to teach him main words on the pitch — away, man on, time — simple things," Rangel explained.
"I know what it's like to be in that position, but me being Spanish will make the settling in a lot easier."
Taylor is the latest player being linked with a move away from Swansea, with Manchester United allegedly keeping tabs on the left-back.
Wales colleague Williams has again been touted as a potential target for Liverpool if they sell Daniel Agger to Manchester City.
One player who looks almost certain to leave is Stephen Dobbie, although Swansea have denied fresh reports that a fee has been agreed with Blackpool for the forward.