The 2014-15 Barclays Premier League season may be coming to a close, but there’s already been plenty of transfer rumours and speculation to get your teeth into. Earlier this week, the Swans have been heavily linked with Marseille forward Andre Ayew, and Swansea left-back Neil Taylor is attracting interest from numerous clubs elsewhere.
Another name that keeps popping up at present is FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos. The 22-year-old starlet is one of Holland’s brightest prospects, and after revealing that he’d like to make a move to the Premier League or the German Bundesliga, Swansea have been put on red-alert.
The Dutch club are said to be cash-strapped at present and are desperate to offload their high earners. That news has alerted the Swans, and Garry Monk has reportedly rekindled his interest and is closing in on a cut-price deal of around £2m for the striker. Castaignos has been on Swansea’s radar for the last 12 months, and they even had a £6.5m bid accepted last summer before pulling out of the deal.
The former Feyenoord and Inter Milan star told Dutch Media;
“I want to go abroad, preferably to a nice top performer in England or Germany so I can get used to the competition. I know enough about myself to know I am not ready for the real top yet.”
“I know that since last summer I have heard it is better for the club if I am sold. It is not nice for a footballer to hear that at a club where you have felt at home.”
The ex-Netherlands U21 international, who has been likened to the French legend Thierry Henry, has become a real hit in the Dutch Eredivisie over the last few seasons – Castaignos has hit an impressive 37 goals in 87 league starts for FC Twente since arriving from Inter in July 2012.
Garry Monk, who revealed he is looking to bolster his squad following the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium last Sunday, will be hoping to tie up the deal for Castaignos as soon as possible.
After losing the goals of Wilfried Bony in January, the Swans will be desperate to find another out-and-out goalscorer – and Monk has already revealed he’s looking to sign two strikers during the summer.
Castaignos has all the potential in the world, and if the Swans can get the deal done, he could go on to be a real hit at the Liberty Stadium.