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Swansea City sign Wilfried Bony

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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has completed the £12million signing of Wilfried Bony.

The transfer will see Bony accompany Spanish striker Michu upfront for Swansea next season, easing some of the goalscoring burden from Swansea's top goalscorer from last season.

Michu undoubtedly exceeded expectations by contributing 22 goals last season however Laudrup wanted to bolster his attack in order to share the goalscoring burden between his two front men.

Laudrup told reporters: "While Michu did extremely well with 22 goals, you can't put everything on the shoulders of one man, especially when he is not regarded as a centre forward. 

"Hopefully Bony, who is very powerful, will take the pressure off and score some of those goals for us, although I am still looking for everyone in the team to chip in." 

Laudrup's cautious - yet sensible - words demand focus from all his players to contribute to his team's success, and with goalscoring potential from two talented forwards, Swansea could be set for a yet more successful season.

The £12million transfer is a new club record, surpassing previous figure of £5.5million spent on former Valencia man Pablo Hernandez last summer. 

The Ivory Coast international scored 31 goals in 30 league games last season in the Dutch league, which contributed to him being awarded the Dutch player of the year award as well as becoming the league's top goalscorer.

New man Bony, told the Daily Mirror: "I had my best season last year at Vitesse with 36 goals in all competitions. It is going to be tougher in the Premier League...but I will try my best. Everything is possible.

"The Europa League is the first focus. I enjoy playing in Europe; I am used to it."

 

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