Blow for Arsenal in striker hunt as £20m target "is happy to stay"

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

The agent of Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony says his client doesn't want to leave the Liberty Stadium amidst reported interest from Arsenal.

Ivorian international Bony, 25, arrived in South Wales last summer from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in a club-record £12m deal, and the front man has repaid the Swans' faith this season. With 17 goals in 34 starts in all competitions, Bony has been the main reason that Garry Monk's side will be playing Premier League football next season.

But as is often the case, players impressing for mid-table sides in the Premier League will be the focus of interest from some of the so-called "bigger" sides, and it's no different with Bony. His impressive goalscoring record this season has attracted admiring glances from the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, but his agent Dalibor Lacina says that he is happy at Swansea.

"We are very happy with what he achieved in his first season at Swansea. He's happy to stay there and it was a good decision to go there," Lacina said.

"He appreciates that Swansea are the club who gave him his chance in the Premier League. He will go to the World Cup in the summer and we think he can be even better next season. He has three years left on his contract and his situation is stable," the agent added.

Bony appears to be a perfect fit for what Arsenal are looking for up front; a strong, physical presence who can find the back of the net more regularly than Frenchman Olivier Giroud. With age also in Bony's favour, the Ivorian looks to be an ideal target for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger - who could be disappointed to hear the comments from the players' agent today.

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