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Garry Monk has stepped up his recruitment drive and has had an offer for the versatile 23-year-old accepted by the Ligue 1 club, with Fiorentina also interested

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By William Joyce

Swansea City have had a €5 million bid accepted by Montpellier for midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, Goal understands.

Montpellier rate Stambouli highly, but the 23-year-old has just 12 months remaining on his current contract, forcing the French club to lower their valuation of the player.

The Ligue 1 side have already sold Remy Cabella to Newcastle United this summer after the Tyneside club's lengthy pursuit of the midfielder, and could now also lose Stambouli.

The versatile defensive midfielder, who can also play as a centre-back or right-back, has also attracted interest from Fiorentina, but Swansea are understood to have made a bigger offer than the Serie A outfit.

Swansea, who kicked off their season with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United last weekend, have strengthened their midfield this summer with the re-signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Ki Sung-yueng has returned to the Liberty Stadium after a loan spell at Sunderland.

Garry Monk has also brought in goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski on a free transfer, with forwards Bafetimbi Gomis and Jefferson Montero the other significant summer signings.

The Welsh side have also sold goalkeeper Michel Vorm and full-back Ben Davies to Tottenham, while Chico and Pablo Hernandez have both departed for Qatari clubs.

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