Kenwyne Jones is No.1 transfer target for Swansea City
KENWYNE Jones has emerged as Swansea City's top transfer window target as Michael Laudrup bids to bolster his forward line.
Swansea are closing on the signing of Belgian wideman Roland Lamah, who could tie up his move to the Liberty Stadium early this week.
But Laudrup's prime January concern is to sign a centre-forward — and Jones is the one he wants.
Swansea have been linked with moves for a host of players on the Continent, and Laudrup has admitted his admiration for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas.
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But it is Stoke targetman Jones, is due to play against Swansea next weekend, who Laudrup is determined to get before the window closes in two-and-a- half weeks' time.
Despite some talk of a loanl, Stoke are only likely to let Jones leave the Britannia Stadium on a permanent basis.
And that means Swansea will have to stump up a fee of at least £4 million for a player who cost the Potters £8 million two-and-a-half seasons ago and still has 18 months to run on his contract.
Jones is currently enjoying a run in the Stoke side, and has scored three times in his last seven games.
But the 28-year-old only got a chance because of an injury to Peter Crouch, and the feeling is that the England man will soon be back in Tony Pulis's team.
Jones has spent much of his time in a back-up role since Stoke splashed out £10 million on Peter Crouch in the summer of 2011.
The Trinidad & Tobago international has scored four times in 16 appearances this season — though many of them have been from the bench — and has netted a total of 20 times for Stoke.
Jones had made his name as a top-flight frontman at Sunderland having come through the ranks at Southampton.
It seems he could now be on his way to Swansea — though Stoke may insist on securing a replacement first — where he is set to be joined Lamah.
The 25-year-old has been in and out of the side at struggling La Liga club Osasuna this season and is on the brink of a move to Wales.
It is unclear at this stage whether he will arrive on loan with a view to a permanent transfer, or if Swansea will agree to an immediate seven-figure full-time switch.
Lamah, who has been capped nine times by Belgium, had spells with Anderlecht, Dutch side Roda JC and French club Le Mans before joining Osasuna 18 months ago.
Lamah's arrival would mean Swansea have four natural wide players, which suggests talk over the weekend of a £7 million bid for Blackpool's Tom Ince was well wide of the mark.
Swansea are long-time admirers of Ince, but there seems little chance of them spending that sort of money on the England Under-21 man, who is widely tipped to join Liverpool this month.
Swansea are also in for Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas and are monitoring Bolton left-back Marcos Alonso.
Laudrup has refused to comment on the various transfer stories, saying: "There are a lot of names out there right now. When things are done and secured we can talk about them.
"Obviously I know most of the players who are being mentioned, but that doesn't mean we have an interest in them.
"And even if we do, it's a long way from having an interest to actually signing the player."
Aspas, meantime, was linked with Chelsea and Reading over the weekend, though he has stated that he will remain with Celta Vigo until the end of the season.