Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup working on new signings
MICHAEL Laudrup admits he has work to do in the transfer market as he bids to prepare Swansea City for a second crack at the Premier League.
Swansea’s new manager began bolstering the group Brendan Rodgers left behind by signing Chico Flores and Jonathan de Guzman last week.
But given that two key figures from last season, Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson, are now longer around, Swansea have not yet strengthened the group of players who kept them up with something to spare last term.
And Laudrup is likely to go in search of at least two more major signings before the new campaign starts. The Dane wants increased goal-power to the Liberty playing staff, so a striker, wide player and goalscoring midfielder could all be on the wishlist. Middlesbrough’s Marvin Emnes, Bristol City man Albert Adomah and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle have all been linked with moves to SA1.
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Swansea may also look for further defensive cover, as well as a new goalkeeper to replace the departed Jose Moreira.
“There’s more work to do,” Laudrup conceded.
“I don’t want to say so much about the names, because we have to realise there are a lot of clubs in the same position as we are right now.
“We have to spend our money well. We have to do things quietly because if we talk too much, other clubs will say ‘Oh, we would like that as well’ and there are some teams we can compete with financially.
“The only thing we do by mentioning names is put the prices up, and the only people who will be satisfied with that are the clubs who own the players.
“We cannot say so much, but we are working on things.” Swansea expect to welcome Michel Vorm back to Wales today after the goalkeeper was given an extra week off because of his Euro 2012 involvement.
And ideally, Laudrup would like to have more bodies in the building by the time Swansea set off for their pre-season trip to America next weekend.
“An ideal world in football doesn’t exist, it would be best for us if we could get the new players in before we go,” the Dane added.
“I’m happy with the two signings we have and we are working on others as well, but there are a lot of things to consider because you have the player, the club, the other club.
“A lot of things have to come together before we can make the signings, but hopefully before US would be great. Let’s see — it’s possible.”
Laudrup admits that some players are destined to leave Swansea this summer as he attempts to mould a squad of 22 or 23 senior players. But he has stressed that every one of Rodgers’s men will be given the chance to impress during pre-season.
“I wanted to come here and give players a chance to see what they’ve got,” he said.
“I don’t want to throw anybody away.”