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Five potential Wilfried Bony loan replacements for Swansea

| 16.01.2015

Swansea City, 11/1 with Coral for a top six finish this season, are £28m richer following the sale of striker Wilfried Bony to Premier League champions Manchester City.

As a result, Coral have come up with five options for the club to pursue, if they decide to replace the Ivorian or make Befetimbi Gomis a permanent, regular fixture.

Joel Campbell
Although he can’t really play the lone striker role, the Arsenal player could be capable of playing from the left and may find it easier out on loan at a club like Swansea to acclimatise to the Premier League.

Still only 22, he showed at the World Cup with Costa Rica that he is capable of playing at a high level and manager Garry Monk may be the man to get the best out of him.

James Wilson
Louis van Gaal reportedly rates 19-year-old Wilson highly, though his first-team chances have been limited this season, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao ahead of him.

Therefore, the striker might at least be allowed to go out on loan and a team such as Swansea who play attractive football may be an ideal destination, if Monk can offer him more game time.

Rickie Lambert
Chances have been limited for the 32-year-old since his summer move to Liverpool and a move to south Wales until the end of the season might make sense.

There is no doubt that he can still score at the highest level, having scored 13 goals for Southampton last term and laying on 11 assists. Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have also been linked with Lambert.

Carlton Cole
With Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia ahead of him in the pecking order, Cole could be tempted to the Liberty Stadium for more regular football.

He has an abundance of Premier League experience, with 51 English top-flight goals and will give the Swans an extra dimension in attack. With support from Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge from the wings, Cole gives them something to aim for in the area.

Emmanuel Adebayor
This would be a coup, even if it was temporary. Although Tottenham only have three strikers on their books, the Togolese man isn’t getting a look-in.

Adebayor would certainly be an upgrade on Gomis and, should he hit the ground running, fans will quickly forget all about the departed Bony.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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