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Laudrup keen on Odemwingie, Vasquez; Blackburn sign Ben Marshall

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has reaffirmed his desire to sign another striker before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has reaffirmed his desire to sign another striker before the transfer window closes on Monday, with Getafe No. 9 Alvaro Vazquez and West Bromwich Albion outcast Peter Odemwingie on his wishlist, Sky Sports understands.

Odemwingie, 32, is reportedly attracting interest from Cardiff, Stoke and Swansea, with the Swans believed to be leading the race for the Nigeria international.

Meanwhile, according to reports in Spain, Laudrup has offered Getafe CF £2.5 million bid for Spain Under-21 international striker Alvaro Vazquez.

“I don’t want to go into details too much,” said Laudrup. “I have told you many times the position I am looking for and the player I need, someone with different qualities and characteristics.

“Vazquez is a young player and a little different. He is a young forward who plays wide and he has the characteristics we were talking about, like Odemwingie.

“I imagine that’s why his name came up, because they both fit into the profile that we are looking for.

“I can’t say that we are putting in bids, just that we are talking to different persons and we have alternative possibilities.

“The only thing I can confirm is that we have nothing near completion. On the other hand, when do you know you are close? You never know.”

But that’s not that only transfer news surrounding the club from South Wales.

On Wednesday, Swansea agreed a three-year deal with Dwight Tiendalli, who made 21 appearances in all competitions for the club last season.

Tiendalli, 27, had a tremendous 2012/13 campaign at the Liberty Stadium, which led to shock call-up to the Holland national team this summer.

The 27-year-old defender, who made his international debut in a 3-0 win against Indonesia on 7 June 2013, will provide cover for full-backs Angel Rangel and Ben Davies, with Neil Taylor ruled out for four to six weeks with a thigh injury.

Blackburn sign Ben Marshall

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of England Under-21 international striker Ben Marshall from Leicester City for an undisclosed fee, according to the club’s official website, www.rovers.co.uk.

Marshall, 21, has signed a four-year deal at Ewood Park.

The 21-year-old, formerly of Stoke City, is absolutely delighted with the move, and rightfully so.

“It is something that I’ve been looking forward to since I heard it could happen,” Marshall told Rovers Player. “So I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve always known about the club, I’ve always played against them as a kid so I know how much of big a club it is and what the expectations are.”

The arrival of Marshall, bagged five goals and nine assists in 43 competitive appearances for the Blues last season, could pave the way for Jordan Rhodes to leave Blackburn this summer, with a host of Premier League clubs — including Swansea City — reportedly keen on the 23-year-old Scotland international.

Thu 29 August, 2013
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