Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Swansea City are £2m short of Bolton's £8m asking price for midfielder Mark Davies, according to the Bolton News.
Michael Laudrup is looking to replace Joe Allen who recently joined Liverpool in a move worth around £15m, and has targeted Davies, who may eye a move back to the Premier League following Bolton's relegation to the Championship.
Bolton Wanderers however are holding firm over Davies, and won't sell until a club meets their asking price. The Swans are still short of this despite an improved offer of around £6m for the 24 year-old.
Laudrup has recently said that while two-thirds of his squad should be British, it is difficult to make that a reality given the inflated prices of players in the country. The Swans boss has been able to pull off bargain buys this Summer with Chico and Michu joining for a collective fee of £4m - half the asking price of Davies.
"Even if I am a foreigner, I always believe that two-thirds of the squad should be from Great Britain," he said. "But the problem is that I would turn it around and say, what would a player who scored 15 goals playing in the Premier League as an offensive midfielder cost?
"I think it would be maybe double, treble or even four times the £2.5m we paid for Michu.
"I am the first one to say that we have to be careful — it cannot always be a foreigner that we go for.
"But it`s about value for money. We need a player in Joe Allen`s position who can fit in to the way we play."
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
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