Report: New Swansea boss eyes Lazio’s Eddy Onazi as first signing

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Swansea City are reported to be keen on signing Lazio’s Eddy Onazi.

According to a report by Italian website lalaziosiamonoi.it, Swansea City are preparing an offer in the region of €5 million [£3.85m] for Lazio’s holding midfielder Eddy Onazi.

The Lazio news outlet claim that new Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin has targeted Eddy Onazi as his first signing in charge of the Welsh club though Lazio will ask for at least €7 million [£5.4m].

Following the sale of Jonjo Shelvey, Swansea’s new Italian head coach is seemingly keen on making a holding midfielder his top priority in the January transfer window.

The former Udinese manager knows all about Onazi from his time in Serie A, and his knowledge of the Italian top-flight could prove significant in terms of new additions to the club.

Onazi, 23, joined Lazio as a youngster and has made 73 league appearances for the club since 2012.

However, this season he has managed just six Serie A starts and his lack of game-time has prompted plenty of speculation over his future.

Lazio appear willing to allow the Nigeria international to move on, though the Rome-based report claims that the club will try and make a reasonable profit on any potential sale.

Swansea currently occupy a place just above the Premier League relegation zone, and a new energetic midfielder to sit in-front of the back four would be a very welcome addition.

The Swans, though, must act quickly if they wish to sign him as lalaziosiamonoi.it cite fellow interest from England, Turkey and Germany with clubs monitoring his situation carefully.

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