Report claims Swansea City made £12m bid for Ishak Belfodil minutes before the deadline

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Swansea City reportedly tried to land the Algerian striker, for whom Everton pulled out of a deal earlier in the month.

Swansea City made a £12 million bid for Standard Liege striker Ishak Belfodil 20 minutes before Tuesday's transfer deadline, according to reports in Belgium.

Voetbal Belgie claims the Standard were offered the full amount up front, plus a 15 per cent sell-on fee, only to turn it down after being left with no time to secure a replacement.

Everton had an offer of £10.5 million accepted by the Belgian side earlier in January, but pulled out of a deal after reservations from manager Ronald Koeman (the Guardian).

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAlgeria international Belfodil (front left) was a January target for Everton and, reportedly, Swansea

Belfodil later signed a new contract with Standard, for whom he has scored 12 goals in 24 appearances since his summer move from Baniyas.

Swansea concluded a deal for Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew with around an-hour-and-a-half to spare, although it is possible that Belfodil was viewed as a potential replacement for Spanish striker Borja Baston, who was linked with a return to his homeland.

The Welsh side instead opted to keep hold of the former Atletico Madrid man.

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