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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup keen on boosting attacking options

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup keen on boosting attacking options

The new Swans boss believes that the team must add goals to complement their slick passing game and has already held talks about targets with chairman Huw Jenkins

New Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has revealed that he wants to bolster the squad's attacking options, and has begun drawing up a list of transfer targets as he prepares to embark on a debut season in the Premier League.

The new manager will assess his squad before delving into the transfer market but is keen to add goals to the Swans' attractive style of play, which will be further depleted if Gylfi Sigurdsson moves to Liverpool instead of returning to South Wales after his successful loan spell.

Laudrup knows that he must address the strikeforce he inherited from Brendan Rodgers which, aside from the first-choice trio of Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer, looks threadbare.
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The Danish boss has already held talks about transfer targets with club chairman Huw Jenkins as he seeks to make early preparations, and fellow Danes Michael Krohn-Dehli, who recently impressed at Euro 2012, and Thomas Kahlenberg were spoken of.

Although Laudrup would not discuss at length his transfer plans for next season, he did hint at replacing Sigurdsson if the Icelandic international does choose to work again with Rodgers at Liverpool.

Laudrup told the press: “Of course if Sigurdsson doesn’t come back then we will need an attacking midfielder, but it is more than just the position; we need goals.

“We have to look at the players we have got and know more or less how many goals they will guarantee.

“You have to reach a certain number otherwise you have to defend very, very well.

“If you lose a player who scores seven, eight or nine goals, you have to find another one."

Whilst Laudrup understands that new signings must be made, he feels there is no rush to make them, and believes that a squad overhaul is not necessary.

He said: “I have my ideas and we have spoken on this but I am happy to do some more research. To sign seven or eight players before you start doesn’t make sense.

“Not everything has to be done now and I can have time to look at areas we need to improve first. We can see what happens when a new manager comes in with new eyes and looks at what is here.

“But we also know that we have positions where we could make signings straight away.”

The new manager will look to his right-hand man in Erik Larsen to help identify potential targets in the coming months but will not simply consider older, more typical markets in his hunt for new signings and isn't against the idea of a bargain.

Gylfi Sigurdsson may not be so cost-efficient, in Laudrup's view.
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He added: “The people we are looking for should be someone who fits in, and then they must be good quality at a reasonable cost,” Laudrup said.

“With Sigurdsson, you also have to look at the economy; if you can get one or two more players with the same amount of money, one in the same position and one in another then it is better to do that.

“Of course money is important – to say it is not in football would be a lie. But to find a good player with potential for a small amount of money and then to develop him in the group is a great pleasure for a manager and for a club.

“At Brondby we had Daniel Agger who came up from the youth. He had two years in the team and then we sold him to Liverpool for nearly £7 million, which is a lot of money in Denmark.

“As a manager that gives you even greater satisfaction that winning something as a player.”

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