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Dalibor Lacina hs revealed Alan Pardew rejected the chance to sign the striker last summer for £10 million after being unconvinced by his talent, with a move now unrealistic

Wilfried Bony's agent has hit out at Newcastle United's lack of ambition as the Swansea City striker eyes a move to a "top-six" team.

The Ivory Coast striker, who is currently on international duty at the World Cup, impressed in his first season in the Premier League - scoring 26 times in 48 games with Swansea last term.

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Dalibor Lacina has revealed Newcastle turned down a chance to sign Bony last summer and dismissed talk of a possible deal this year, with his client happy to remain in south Wales unless an offer from a top European side comes.

"I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn’t believe in him," Bony's representative told The Shields Gazette.

"They could have signed him for £10 million, but they said they weren't sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland [with Vitesse]. Now he is worth £20m.

"The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea.

"We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition. We have had no contact with Newcastle."

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