Swansea want a new striker – why it shouldn’t be Odemwingie

The Welsh club are tracking the West Brom forward and Spain under-21 star Alvaro Vazquez, but competition for places is set to be fierce.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has stated that his side are in the market to strengthen their squad before the transfer window closes, with a new striker on the top of his wishlist.

The Liberty Stadium outfit have been linked with controversial West Brom outcast Peter Odemwingie and Getafe forward Alvaro Vazquez, who is a Spain under-21 regular.

The Dane has confirmed that negotiations behind the scenes are ongoing.

"I don't want to go into details too much. I have told you many times the position I am looking for and the player I need, someone with different qualities and characteristics,” he said.

"Vazquez is a young player and a little different. He is a young forward who plays wide and he has the characteristics we were talking about, like Odemwingie.

"I imagine that's why his name came up, because they both fit into the profile that we are looking for.

"I can't say that we are putting in bids, just that we are talking to different persons and we have alternative possibilities.

"The only thing I can confirm is that we have nothing near completion. On the other hand, when do you know you are close? You never know."

Although Swansea do lack strength in depth in attack and certainly need to strengthen, the likelihood is that any new signing will find it difficult to break into the starting XI at the club.

Last summer’s revelation Michu is an obvious starter when fit and available, while the club have broken their transfer record already this summer to bring Ivorian hotshot Wilfried Bony to the Premier League.

In the Swans’ two opening fixtures Bony has started from the bench, with the Spaniard occupying the centre forward role. The African attacker comes to the club with a big reputation after scoring a hatful of goals for Vitesse Arnhem and showed his prowess in front of goal with his finish against Manchester United.

With two tough opening fixtures for Swansea, the likelihood is that Laudrup will look to switch to a more offensive side in forthcoming weeks, which should mean that Bony is instilled into the starting XI alongside the Spaniard. Once given a chance, the Ivory Coast man has the potential to make just as big an impact at Michu did this time last year.

As such, any new signing at Swansea is likely to face time on the sidelines initially or be forced to potentially play as a wideman rather than through the middle.

Obviously it is a long season and Laudrup needs cover for first-choice pairing Bony and Michu, but someone like Odemwingie will be reluctant to play second fiddle.

The collective strength of Swansea as a squad, working for each other and the stellar team ethos is a key part to their success in the Premier League to date. Someone like Odemwingie has the potential to be a rotten apple, with his personality not in-fitting with what Laudrup is trying to create at the Welsh club.

As such, despite the Nigerian’s ability and more-than-likely cut-price transfer fee, Swansea are best to avoid Odemwingie and opt for someone else.

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