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Liverpool Interest in Wilfried Bony Reportedly Leading to "Advanced Talks"

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Overshadowed by the announcement of the agreement to send Luis Suarez to Barcelona were reports earlier in the day that Liverpool's interest in Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has moved to an advanced stage ahead of a potential deal.

Clive Brunskill

From one striker on the way out to one that could be on the way in for Liverpool, as the club's reported interest in Swansea City and Cote d'Ivoire forward Wilfried Bony has apparently progressed quite a bit. Chuck filled us in on the particulars last night, and ahead of Liverpool's announcement regarding the departure of Luis Suarez this morning, Sky Sports were running with reports that there could be something happening shortly to bring Bony to Merseyside.

Pete O'Rourke had this to say a few hours ahead of the Suarez news:

That's working quickly, I suppose, and after a target that's at least coming off the heels of a very successful year of his own. Twenty-five goals in all competitions during his first season in Wales and featuring heavily for Cote d'Ivoire in Brazil, Bony's a solid striker with plenty of quality. At 25 years old he's got a few good seasons left, with no question about his ability to have an impact in the Premier League. We can't do the "is he Suarez though?" thing with him, or anyone for that matter, leaving the biggest questions about cost. At £19m he won't come cheap, and for many that would be a significant stumbling block.

More likely to follow from the club in the coming days; this one's no sure thing, but a deal for Lazar Markovic should be announced at some point over the weekend, and Divock Origi will hopefully follow in short order. If reports about Wilfried Bony hold true, he might be arriving sooner rather than later as well.