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Laudrup keen on bringing in Michu assistance

18 May 2013 15:59

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has confirmed he wants to bring in another striker to assist this season's top scorer Michu.

The Spaniard, who joined the club from Rayo Vallecano in the close season, has hit 22 Premier League goals this term but Laudrup is keen to ensure he does not have to rely on him too heavily next season.

"Without him we would have been struggling, he's been so important, goals are important," the Dane said.

"We cannot think that he will repeat that. We're talking about an offensive midfielder who can play up front, but scoring more than 20 goals is not normal."

While Laudrup admitted that Swansea do not have the financial capability to rival the teams at the top of the Premier League, he claimed to have the board's backing to spend in order to strengthen the squad.

"There is an understanding of the players we want, the board know we need to strengthen the squad just to stay where we are," he said.

"The teams below us in the table will spend heavily to try and get to where we are.

"The names we are talking about, some of them are not expensive, we are not going to sign (Manchester City striker Sergio) Aguero or (Liverpool striker Luis) Suarez."

With the club's ability to find a bargain such as Michu, the Swansea boss also admitted to concern that other clubs may try and hijack their bids for targets.

"We have to do it quickly and almost secretly because the moment other clubs in the Premier League get a feeling Swansea are going for a player they might decide they want him as well and that makes it difficult for us," he said.

"If none of our regular players leave then I think there will be between five and seven players coming in."

A win for Swansea on Sunday against Fulham could see them jump a place to eighth.

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