Liverpool prepare bid for Wilfried Bony

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Liverpool are set to launch an impressive £18m bid for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, according to the Metro.

Brendan Rodgers has been given a large transfer war chest and set the task of adding strength in depth to the Liverpool line up ahead of next season.

The Reds will have to cope with the rigours of Champions League football and have highlighted a left-back and a midfielder as a priority, but Rodgers has turned his attentions towards Bony.

Bony, 25, has only been at the South Wales club for one season but it has been such a success that the club are considering cashing in for a quick profit. The Ivory Coast international scored 25 goals in all competitions for the Swans and that has convinced Liverpool to part with £18m for the striker.

The bid will be launched before Bony starts his World Cup campaign with the Elephants as Liverpool look to steal a march on Arsenal, who have also been linked with a bid.

The Gunners are in desperate need of striker reinforcements having struggled through this season with just Olivier Giroud to hand.

Park Chu-Young and Nicklas Bendtner are set to depart the Emirates Stadium this summer and Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be on the lookout for two quality strikers.

Bony proves a wise buy for both Rodgers and Wenger - he has proven Premier League experience but it is yet to be seen whether Arsenal will respond to Liverpool's imminent offer.

Wenger has as much as £100m to spend on players this summer, but the Frenchman has proved frugal in the past and may not want to match the bid, instead turning towards other targets.

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