Wilfried Bony camp set for transfer talks with Liverpool

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Wilfried Bony appears to be wanted by Liverpool, with reports suggesting that representatives of the in-demand Swansea striker are on Merseyside for discussions over a possible transfer.

This information comes courtesy of talkSPORT, who further claim that the Reds are yet to agree a transfer fee with the Ivorian international who proved a solid performer in South Wales during his first season in Premier League football after joining from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse last summer.

Despite Swansea's disappointing and eventful 2013/14 campaign that saw previously popular manager Michael Laudrup sacked and eventually replaced on a permanent basis by Garry Monk, Bony became a fans favourite at the Liberty Stadium after notching 17 goals in 34 appearances.

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Suarez replacement?

Liverpool's desire to seek an addition to their forward line presumably comes as a direct consequence of the saga currently engulfing Luis Suarez.

Following yet another disgraceful biting incident that took place during Uruguay's World Cup Group D victory over Italy at the Estádio das Dunas in Natal last month, the 27-year-old has been consistently linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona.

Suarez's imminent exit will obviously leave an enormous void in Brendan Rodgers' attacking unit and, with the club set to return to the Champions League group stages next season, it is of paramount importance that Liverpool are able to bring proven strikers to Anfield in an attempt to compensate for for such a devastating loss.

While Bony obviously has no prior experience of European football's elite club competition, the 25-year-old is a powerful figure with a proven track record at domestic level and plenty of international experience - including the most recent World Cup - with his native Ivory Coast.

Premier League competition

Liverpool may not have it all their own way in their pursuit of Bony, however, with several of their closest top-flight rivals having been linked with moves of their own in recent weeks.

As well as the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have both been credited with an interest in his services.

Arsene Wenger - who has recently appeared to have been fixated upon securing a deal for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez - is on the hunt for new strikers this summer in order to reduce his reliance upon compatriot Olivier Giroud, while Jose Mourinho has been widely expected to make significant changes to his own striker collection following a disappointing trophy-less season.

Last month's purchase of Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa was significant in that regard, although with Samuel Eto'o now having left Stamford Bridge and uncertainly still plaguing the futures of Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku, it would not be a surprise to see Chelsea make further acquisitions in this area during the coming weeks.

Swansea are believed to be looking for a fee in the area of £20 million for Bony, money that would presumably allow them to seek an adequate replacement.

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