Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has confirmed that clubs were interested in signing him during the summer transfer window - and it’s believed that Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham could all return for the Ivory Coast international in January.
This is according to the Express, who quote Bony as confirming that he had been waiting to secure a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer - but a transfer failed to materialise.
Bony confirms interest
“Now it’s over," the 25-year-old stated. “Before we were talking, but now it’s over so I have to focus on the team.
“There were some chances (that I might leave). I waited and nothing happened so now I am just focused on the team.
“My head is okay. I just want to repeat or do better than last season.”
Arsenal and Liverpool bought other strikers
Bony was a man in demand this summer after scoring 25 goals in his debut campaign with the Swans, including 16 in the Premier League.
The powerful striker, who previously played for Vitesse, was tipped to complete a £19 million move away from Swansea City. But Swansea were reluctant to sell their prized asset, who will remain with the south Wales outfit until January at least.
Liverpool ended up spending £16 million on Mario Balotelli, who scored his first goals for the Reds in last night’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Ludogorets.
Arsenal, meanwhile, also spent £16 million late in the transfer window - on England international Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.
All three clubs could make a move in January
Both Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger, though, may opt to strengthen their attacking options when the transfer window opens in the New Year by purchasing the prolific Bony.
Tottenham could also re-enter the race, particularly if manager Mauricio Pochettino opts to offload the misfiring Roberto Soldado. Spurs are currently short on strikers, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Harry Kane and the aforementioned Soldado the only forwards at Pochettino’s disposal.
Bony has failed to score in the Premier League so far this season and was dropped by manager Garry Monk for the visit to Chelsea last Saturday in favour of one-time France international Bafétimbi Gomis.
The Ivorian came off the bench and provided the assist for Jonjo Shelvey’s 86th-minute consolation goal - and will expect to start the Swans’ next match against Southampton on Saturday.
Should Monk continue to leave Bony out then Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham will all believe they stand an even better chance of signing the African in just over three months’ time.