Swansea sign Wilfried Bony

  • Last Updated: July 14 2013, 11:02 BST

Wilfried Bony revealed he turned down other offers in order to join Swansea because of their style of play.

Wilfried Bony: Completes his move to Swansea
Wilfried Bony: Completes his move to Swansea

The 24-year-old striker became the Swans' record signing when he completed his £12million move from Vitesse Arnhem.

Bony completed a medical at the club's pre-season training camp in Holland and has signed a four-year deal.

The transfer fee more than doubles Swansea's previous record outlay - the £5.5million paid to Valencia for Pablo Hernandez last summer.

Bony, whose nickname in Holland is 'Daddy Cool', is relieved to have finalised the deal and is looking forward to proving himself in the Premier League.

He told www.swanseacity.net: "This move has been talked about for quite some time so I am delighted it is all completed.

"Now it is important that I focus my mind on the challenge ahead because I hope to make the Swansea fans very happy.

"I watched Swansea a lot last season on TV. They have some good players and I like the way they play.

"I appreciate the style, which is similar to the Dutch way, and I think being at Swansea will help me develop as a player.

"I believe it's the right step for me, the perfect move. I had a lot of offers from all across the world, including England, France, Ukraine, Russia and the UAE.

"But I chose Swansea because it is a good club with a corresponding style, a great manager and, of course, playing in the Premier League. I considered everything and Swansea came out on top."

Swansea's place in the Europa League as Capital One Cup winners was also important to Bony, who said: "The Europa League is the first focus. I enjoy playing in Europe. I am used to it."

Bony is Swansea's third signing in 10 days, following Alejandro Pozuelo and Jonjo Shelvey in committing to the south Wales team.

He was the leading scorer in the Eredivisie last season and netted 31 times in 30 games, earning him the Dutch Player of the Year title.

Since moving to Vitesse from Sparta Prague in 2011, Bony scored more goals than any other player in the Dutch league, while his 20 caps for Ivory Coast have yielded eight goals.

It is the 24-year-old's prolific strike rate that most excites Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, who has been looking to take the pressure off last season's top scorer Michu.

Wilfried Bony

10. Wilfried Bony

Title Number
Appearances 15 (6)
Goals 8
Assists 2
Yellows 3
Reds 1
*Current Season

Laudrup said: "Everyone has been talking all summer about strikers. Well now it is done.

"It's been difficult because everyone is looking to find someone special to score goals. When you do find them, other clubs want them as well.

"You have only got to look at Bony's record last season to see that he is certainly someone who scores goals.

"In many games last season the goals were placed firmly on the shoulders of Michu.

"And, while he did extremely well with 22 goals, you can't put everything on the shoulders of one man, especially when he is not regarded as a centre-forward."

Laudrup revealed he is still looking to add more firepower up front, but the signing of Bony means he can take his time finding the right man.

"We are nearly there on bringing players in," said the Dane.

"I think we have made some very good signings over the summer but I am still looking for one more striker who can offer us something different again.

"But Bony's arrival takes the pressure off. Now there is no rush to bring someone else in. It doesn't have to be today or tomorrow."


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