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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Laudrup dismisses Di Santo link

Franco Di Santo will not be heading to Swansea, according to Michael Laudrup, pictured
Franco Di Santo will not be heading to Swansea, according to Michael Laudrup, pictured

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is keen to add another striker to his squad - but claims former Wigan striker Franco di Santo is not on his radar.

The Swans have been linked with a move for the Argentinian after his contract with the Latics expired. But Laudrup insists Di Santo does not have the qualities he is looking for, and also dismissed talk of a move for Espanyol's Ghana midfielder Wakaso Mubarak.

He told BBC Sport: "I think Di Santo is a good player, but I don't think he has the characteristics we are looking for. I am looking for a different kind of player.

"But every day I read we are going for this player or that player, a Dutch player and then Ghanaian player.

"If I signed half of the players we have been linked to I would have 35 players here.

"I have also spent a certain amount of money, so it won't be a big signing but for me it doesn't matter.

"If it's a big player on loan from a big club... it's about the quality."

Laudrup had made strengthening his forward options a priority in order to ease the burden on last season's top scorer Michu.

To that end, Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony has been acquired from Vitesse Arnhem for a club-record £12million fee.

Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo, Jordi Amat, Jose Canas, Jernade Meade, Jonathan de Guzman, Gregor Zabret and Alex Gogic have also arrived at the Liberty Stadium this summer.

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