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Liverpool Interested in Wilfried Bony

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Swansea City's Wilfried Bony has been linked with a move to Anfield as Liverpool continue the search for attacking reinforcements.

Dude is stacked.
Dude is stacked.
Michael Regan

Welcome to the post Alexis Sánchez world ladies and gentlemen. This is the world where Liverpool still have Luis Suárez but know that he is merely days away from leaving for some club in Spain. Probably. Even if that were not true, links with players at home and abroad would persist without caution because that's how it goes with Liverpool and transfer windows.

Usually when a Swansea City player is linked to Liverpool there is the tiresome "Brendan Rodgers knows the player from his time there" narrative but thankfully that doesn't apply in this instance. It's not that an intimate knowledge of a player's strengths and weaknesses isn't useful for a prospective manager to have but the endless references to this have enabled Ashley Williams links to have continued for far far longer than they should have.

Wilfried Bony is a different prospect to Swansea's captain and he has been linked with a move to Anfield. The Liverpool ECHO's James Pearce provided some details of the nature of Liverpool's interest in the player.

Liverpool also retain an interest in his Swansea team-mate Wilfried Bony but the ECHO understands he is one of a number of strikers under consideration as the club prepares for life after Luis Suarez.

The 25 year-old Ivorian excelled in his debut season in English football and his 16 league goals in 34 games (27 starts) confirmed that his goalscoring exploits at Vitesse could be replicated somewhat in other leagues. It's unknown whether he would be part of a double-headed approach to replacing Liverpool's number 7. Even if the links were of the genuine variety, would Bony be desirable at the £20 million plus fee that Swansea are believed to be seeking for his services.

Perhaps he could form part of a three-piece transfer suit including Ben Davies and Michel Vorm. Bony is powerful, excellent in the air, a capable finisher, and an enormous handful for opposition defenders. He certainly has his uses and the free transfer signing of Bafétimbi Gomis could offer Swansea with an immediate and similar replacement even if Gomis will have much to prove in English football.

Bony has been a good signing for Swansea at £12 million and while he has proven to be a capable Premier League striker, perhaps Liverpool should be looking at loftier options before turning to the man from Bingerville. Some fans may be expecting a quick signing to cover the inevitable departure of Luis Suárez but Liverpool have until the end of the transfer window to get it right.

With all due respect to some good players (Bony included) available in the window, maybe it would be better for Liverpool to ensure that the right player is purchased even if it occurs in the twilight hours of deadline day.