Report - Wilfried Bony close to signing new contract at Swansea City

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Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is close to signing a new contract with the club, following on from a summer of speculation where he was linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is close to signing a new contract at the club according to a report in the South Wales Evening Post.

Bony was strongly linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium in the summer with both Arsenal and Liverpool reported to be interested in the Ivory Coast international - and chairman Huw Jenkins quoted in the summer saying their star striker could have been allowed to leave for a club in the Champions League.

The report says that mooted £20 million buyout clause in Bony's contract is either likely to be removed or raised in order to strengthen their hand when it comes to negotiations should he attract the interest of clubs again.

Bony had an impressive first season at the club as he scored 17 goals in the Premier League, 26 in all competitions.

Manager Garry Monk expressed his desire to keep hold of the 25-year-old in the summer, and believes he can improve Bony as a player even further.

So far this season, Bony has scored four goals - after what some perceive to be a slow start to the season, he has started to find his form that made him one of the most attractive prospects to clubs in the Champions League during the summer. 

Securing a new deal for Bony could prove to be crucial for Swansea as they look to move forward.

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