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Swansea watching Iago Aspas of Celta Vigo; Ghoulam claims EPL interest

Swansea City are reportedly interested in bolstering their attacking options ahead of the January transfer window, with Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas at the top of their transfer wish list, according to Spanish media outlet AS.

The Swans have already sent scouts to the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos to watch Aspas, who has scored six times in 17 league games this season.

However, Swansea may have to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid for the Spaniard, who featured against El Atléti at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on 21 December.

Did Iago’s 90-minute display convince Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to pursue him when the transfer window reopens in January? Well — according to reports — the answer is yes, but we will have to wait for confirmation, which officially begins when the transfer window reopens on 2 January.

Nonetheless, Iago is likely to be on the move come January, with Celta admitting that it will be difficult to keep hold of their No. 10.

“It will be difficult to keep Iago at the club after the end of the season,” revealed Celta.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has already signed three gems from La Liga since his arrival in July 2012: Michu, Pablo and Jonathan De Guzman (on loan from Villarreal). Is Iago Aspas the next Spaniard to thrive at the Liberty Stadium?

Ghoulam claims EPL interest

AS Saint-Etienne defender Faouzi Ghoulam has revealed he is attracting interest from the English Premier League and Italian Serie A ahead of the January transfer window, Sky Sports understands.

Ghoulam, who is under contract at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard until 2016, is now being linked with Serie A side Udinese and Premier League outfits Fulham and Stoke City.

“I have a contract until 2016 so it will not only depend on me,” said Ghoulam.

“I have been told that there is interest from some clubs in the Premier League and some in Italy.”

The 21-year-old is expected to make his full international debut for Algeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in January, despite having represented France at the Under-21 level.

Ghoulam has featured in 17 matches in all competitions for AS Saint-Étienne this season, picking up two bookings in the process.

Standing at 1.86 m (6 ft. 1 in.), Ghoulam is a big, physical left-back with enough pace and defensive smarts to cope with any right-winger in the Premier League.

In addition, he is quite comfortable on the ball and can also pick a cross when asked to do so.

Both Fulham and Stoke could use Ghoulam’s services, but I must admit that the Cottagers may need him more, having already leaked 34 goals in 19 games this term.

Fri 28 December, 2012
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