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Swansea complete record £12m deal for Wilfried Bony

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Swansea City have announced the £12m record signing of the striker Wilfried Bony from the Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem. 

Bony's transfer is still subject to work permit clearance, however, the transfer is expected to be completed later this week.

Bony has signed a four-year deal and the fee being more than double what they initially paid for former Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez estimated to be around the £5.55m mark just last summer. 

These recent star player transfers show promise and desire for the Welsh club to fight for honours after adding two influential players to their ranks in the past year.

"This move has been talked about for quite some time, so I am delighted it is all completed,'' said the Ivory Coast international to reporters. 

"Now it is important that I focus my mind on the challenge ahead because I hope to make the Swansea fans very happy.''

Bony scored an astonishing 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie games last season gliding to the top goal scorer of the league as well as winning the Eredivie Player of the Season award shortly after. 

Bony has been on the radar of many Premier League clubs following his consistent performances throughout the season. He reportedly favoured a switch to Swansea ahead of Newcastle United and West Ham who were also said to be interested in securing the services of the Ivorian. 

Swansea's recent qualification to the Euorpa League was said to be his main decision to choose Swansea ahead of Newcastle and West Ham. Swansea will be delighted to have the experience of Bony ahead of their debut European appearance – Bony finished as top scorer of the Europa League in 2010. 

He said: "The Europa League is my first focus. I enjoy playing in Europe; I am used to it.

"I am looking forward to joining the training camp out here in Holland as a Swansea player and building up good communications with the team and coaching staff as quickly as possible."


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