Boss eyes foreign market
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has revealed he could look to Europe to replace Joe Allen, who left for Liverpool.
The Dane has £15million to spend on a replacement but he still wants value for money and that means he could once again turn to La Liga or another European league to find the man he wants.
Swansea have already failed with a bid of £4million for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies and it looks as though Laudrup will now turn to the foreign market rather than increase his bid.
"Even if I am a foreigner, I always believe that two-thirds of the squad should be from Great Britain," he revealed. "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 £2.5 million 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. Domestically, we have no chance with a player at one of the big clubs because they do not want to leave, and even at the other Premier League clubs, the players are very expensive."
Laudrup appears to be in no rush though and may leave it right up until transfer deadline day if it means he can land the right player at the right price.