Laudrup eyes another striker

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup still hopes to bring in another striker before the end of the transfer window.

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup still hopes to bring in another striker before the end of the transfer window, and admits West Brom's Peter Odemwingie and Getafe forward Alvaro Vazquez both fit the bill.

Laudrup has made no secret of his desire to add more forward options to his squad, to lift some of the burden on Michu's shoulders after the Spaniard's stunning debut season in English football.

Wilfried Bony was signed from Vitesse Arnhem for a club-record £12million, but the Dane is looking to add one more striker to his ranks, having allowed Luke Moore to leave by mutual consent.

Odemwingie has been linked with the Swans since the start of the summer, while reports in Spain claimed they had submitted a £2.5million bid for Spain Under-21 cap Vazquez.

Laudrup insists no bids have been made for either player, but openly expressed his admiration for their abilities.

He said: "I don't want to go into details too much. I have told you many times the position I am looking for and the player I need, someone with different qualities and characteristics.

"Vazquez is a young player and a little different.

"He is a young forward who plays wide. He has the characteristics we were talking about, like Odemwingie. I imagine that's why his name came up because they both fit into the profile that we are looking for.

"I can't say that we are putting in bids, just that we are talking to different persons and we have alternative possibilities.

"The only thing I can confirm is that we have nothing near completion. On the other hand, when do you know you are close? You never know."

Laudrup has made one defensive addition to his squad with the re-signing of full-back Dwight Tiendalli on a three-year contract. The Dutchman impressed at the Liberty last season but had left after his short-term contract expired.

Laudrup and his side, without Tiendalli, are in Romania for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Petrolul Ploiesti, holding a handsome 5-1 lead from last week's first leg in south Wales.

Bony, Ashley Williams and Jonjo Shelvey have not travelled due to nursing minor knocks, but Laudrup admits he may have been prepared to risk them had it not been for the international commitments they will face over the next two weeks with the Ivory Coast, Wales and England Under-21s respectively.

He said: "If they had not been on international duty next week they would be here. If Sunday's game (against West Brom) was the last game of the season they would all be there.

"It's not a question of resting them, but to give them a chance to recover better, because they don't have the same opportunity as the rest of the players will next week.

"The rest have 15 days after Sunday's game before we play Liverpool so there is no problem there."

But Laudrup admitted he would have preferred Williams and left-back Ben Davies not to have played a full 90 minutes in Wales' friendly against the Republic of Ireland earlier this month, and the Dane revealed his captain's ankle injury, as well as Shelvey's knee complaint, had been picked up on international duty.

However, he refused to criticise Wales boss Chris Coleman.

"That was the past," he said.

"It was a friendly game and I don't want to have any problems now because we can't turn back the clock.

"The next two international breaks will be qualifiers which will be different so I don't see any necessity to turn back the clock and say something which means someone else has to say something back and we end up in a debate.

"It's happened. It is how it is and we have to move on."


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