Swansea City are hopeful they will complete the signing of Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem, despite the Dutch club's denial that a deal has been agreed for the Ivory Coast striker and strong interest from a number of other Premier League sides, including Chelsea.
Bony, who scored 31 goals in 30 appearances for Vitesse in the Eredivisie last season, has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of joining Swansea in a £10.2m deal, which would smash the Welsh club's transfer record, previously set at £5.55m, when they signed Pablo Hernández last summer. Swansea, however, are mindful that other targets have slipped through their fingers in the past few weeks and are refusing to take anything for granted.
It is understood that the Capital One Cup winners have returned with an improved offer for Bony and are waiting to hear from Vitesse whether that has been accepted. Sources at the Dutch club said on Thursday night that an agreement was some way off and, further to the statement issued earlier in the day, reiterated that Swansea are far from alone in their pursuit of the 24-year-old forward.
Newcastle have shown a keen interest, as have Chelsea, who have extremely close ties with Vitesse, largely due to the strong relationship between the two owners, Roman Abramovich and his Georgian counterpart Merab Jordania.
There is a sense at Vitesse, though, that Bony may well be swayed by the chance of playing more regular football at Swansea. "The clubs are now talking," Bony said. "Swansea is a wonderful club that plays attractive football. It's my chance to play in the Premier League. I understand from my agent Swansea have €12m. That's the amount Vitesse wants. I hope there is some good news soon."
Swansea, meanwhile, have completed the £2.5m signing of Jordi Amat from Espanyol. The 21-year-old Spanish defender has agreed a four-year contract.