Swansea make £2.5m bid for Getafe striker Alvaro Vazquez

The Swans are expected to complete a deal for the 22-year-old, who has stood out while representing Spain's youth sides and was joint top scorer at the Under-20 World Cup in 2011
By Duncan Castles
Swansea City have lodged a £2.5 million (€3m) offer for Getafe's Spain Under-21 international Alvaro Vazquez.

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Three years after his Liga debut with Espanyol in a game against Real Madrid, Alvaro Vazquez has failed to consolidate himself as a solid striker in the Spanish league. His move to Getafe got him a starting spot at the beginning of 2012-13, but he ended the season with just four goals in 28 appearances.

He has enjoyed much more success with Spain's youth squads: he won the Silver Foot at the 2011 U-20 World Cup and was part of the squad that won the 2013 U-21 Euro Championship. Perhaps his bright moments on the international stage have been what keep him in the eye of several foreign teams.

The Madrid club have yet to make a formal response to the bid for the striker, but are expected to agree a sale later this week.
Vazquez, 22, has an outstanding record as a youth international with seven goals in 14 appearances for Spain's U21s and five in seven for the U20s. He returned from the 2011 World Youth Cup in Colombia as the tournament's joint leading scorer.
A product of Espanyol's academy, he made his Liga debut in October 2010 and was one of several young players promoted to the financially troubled club's starting line-up by Mauricio Pochettino the following season.

He moved to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on transfer deadline day last summer but struggled to make an impression on the club's scoring charts as they finished 10th.

If Swansea's bid succeeds, Vazquez will increase the count of Spaniards to eight in former Getafe coach Michael Laudrup's senior squad.

Alejandro Pozuelo, Jordi Amat and Jose Canas have all moved to the Liberty Stadium this summer, joining Pablo Hernandez, Michu and Chico, who joined in 2012. Angel Rangel has been at the club since 2007.