Neil Taylor interview: Astronomical bid needed to sign Wilfried Bony

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Swansea City defender Neil Taylor believes only an 'astronomical bid' would take Wilfried Bony away from the club in the final hours of the transfer window.

The Welsh outfit have made a fantastic start to the Premier League campaign, winning three out of three against Manchester United, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion. They sit joint-top of the table alongside Chelsea.

Desperate to stay

And, whilst Bony has not hit the back of the net so far this season, the Ivorian played a big part in the Swans' success last season. Taylor expects the same to happen again this season, and is desperate to see his teammate stay at the Liberty Stadium.

"Yeah that's exactly what I want really, just the squad to stay the same because I feel we have a really strong squad," the full-back exclusively told GiveMeSport when asked if he wanted deadline day to pass without any business and Bony to remain at the club.

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"We've made some great signings this summer, and I think we've done some good business, and I think it's definitely a case of taking the positives and keeping everybody fit because we're quite strong at the moment.

"Only the board will know whether they are going to be signing or selling anyone, but obviously it would take astronomical bids for people to go now."

Ideal striker

Discussing Bony further, Taylor was full or praise for the attitude of the former Eredivisie hitman, proclaiming the 25-year-old has been the type of player Swansea had previously been missing.

"I think he's what we've been missing for the last couple of years here, and he's what the squad needs. Especially last season after Laudrup left and Gary (Monk) took over, he really came to fruition," the Welshman told us.

"I think he's enjoying his football now, he's playing with a smile on his face and he's a massive part of what we do here. I think he's definitely going to get those goals for us again this season."

Gunners' pursuit

Bony's form has led to speculation over a move away, with Arsenal heavily linked with a move on deadline day.

The Gunners are without Olivier Giroud until the New Year, and Arsene Wenger is short of a striker at the Emirates Stadium. The Ivorian would certainly fit the bill.

However, he's not the only player on the Arsenal radar in the final hours of deadline day, with Danny Welbeck another name in the frame in north London.

Bony's goal record suggests he might well be the better option for the Gunners, but he of course comes at a bigger price and Taylor is hoping that the deal does not take place.

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