Liverpool given boost in their reported chase of Wilfried Bony

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Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted that they could open discussions with Bony if a Champions League club tries to sign him.

Wilfried Bony can leave Swansea City if a club in the Champions League comes in for him, Huw Jenkins has said to TalkSPORT.

Bony has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool both interested in acquiring his services and it appears that the Merseyside club could now be the favourites to secure his signature.

The Swans are understood to be hoping to keep hold of their star striker, but the Reds will be encouraged by Jenkins’ admission that they won’t hold Bony back if they do make an acceptable offer for him.

"Wilfried Bony is a fantastic professional," Jenkins said.

"If a top Champions League club comes in, and puts the right offer on the table, then of course we will speak to him.

"There are no issues with Bony. He's a great guy to have around the club.

"As much as we want players to stay with us for a number of years, we have to be open."

Bony notched 16 times in his debut season in the Premier League last season and has built a reputation as one of the deadliest strikers in England’s top flight.

His pace and power proved a threat to most defences last campaign and he has alerted the attention of some of the nation’s top clubs this summer.

However, the interest has seemingly cooled in recent times, with no concrete offers being lodged for the 25-year-old.

The chase is unlikely to be over, though, and Liverpool may rekindle their interest in Bony after failing to land Loic Remy.

The Frenchman appeared to be the player they had chosen to be their new front-man, following Luis Suarez’s departure. But after Remy reportedly failed his medical they are still on the hunt for a striker who can score the goals required.

Bony certainly is capable of that and given the boost they have received today he may be placed back on Brendan Rodgers’ list of targets this summer.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal Assist / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsTouches / appsAccurate Pass / appsBig Chance Missed / appsAppsMins
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 21 0.24 3.41 39.21 20.24 0.38 29 2,275
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 16 0.12 3.18 38.26 17.97 0.26 34 2,472
Rickie Lambert Southampton FW 13 0.27 2.78 41.41 20.95 0.19 37 2,816

Indeed, when looking at last season’s stats Bony has certainly proven that he is able to compete with Liverpool’s current attacking options.

He was more clinical than Daniel Sturridge was last year, despite Sturridge’s greater scoring haul, and he showed a greater willingness to shoot than Rickie Lambert did.

He would also provide a different option to what Liverpool already have. Although Lambert offers brute strength and Sturridge lightening pace, Bony offers something between the two and he could be useful addition on Anfield.

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