Football - Laudrup looking to strengthen

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has predicted a busy summer transfer window at the Liberty Stadium and expects to bring in around half a dozen new faces.

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Swansea are preparing to round off arguably the finest season in their 101-year history against Fulham on Sunday, with a top-10 finish assured and the Capital One Cup locked safely away in the trophy cabinet.

The south Wales club can look forward to European competition next term, having qualified for the Europa League through their League Cup triumph, and Laudrup is already working behind the scenes to strengthen his squad for the rigours of four tournaments.

Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas and Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas are just two players widely expected to make the summer switch to Swansea.

But Laudrup has promised there will be plenty more additions, with a striker a priority, and suggested he will once again dip into the continental market to get value for money.

He said: "There is an understanding of the players we want, the board know we need to strengthen the squad just to stay where we are. 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 (Sergio) Aguero or (Luis) Suarez.

"But 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.

"We need to strengthen in different positions. I don't want to go into details, but it is no secret I think we need some alternatives for scoring goals."

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