Today's media round-up

23rd April

Today's round-up involves Michael Laudrup and former Swansea, Cardiff and Wales defender Andy Legg.
Laudrup has been discussing the subject of summer recruitment while Legg is looking forward to the Barclays Premier League being the home of the South Wales derby next season.

South Wales Evening Post
Laudrup drops a hint over Swans transfer plans

Michael Laudrup has indicated that his top priority this summer will be to sign a centre-forward.

The Swansea City manager is tipped to bring in up to six new recruits during the close season as he bids to build a squad capable of competing on four fronts next term.

And though Laudrup will want to strengthen his options right across the pitch, it seems a new striker will be highest on the agenda.

And there is a strong possibility that Itay Shechter will leave the Liberty Stadium when his season-long loan from Kaiserslautern comes to an end next month.

If Shechter departs, Luke Moore would be the only senior central striker on Swansea's books.

Michu has spent much of the season filling that role, but Swansea's 21-goal top scorer is much happier playing as a No. 10.

So it seems certain that Laudrup will move for at least one new forward ahead of 2013-14 - and the Dane concedes it is inevitable that frontmen will be linked with Swansea in the coming weeks and months.

"You can't stop rumours and I can't tell you not to ask me about something you have heard," Laudrup said.

"When it is one forward and then another and another, I cannot lie to you and say we are not looking for a forward. If there are rumours it is because people think this club is looking for someone in that position, and it will go on until the start of next season.

"I don't want to go into detail, but we are looking for players, as we have been all season.

"Sometimes we have to take people off the list because it is not possible or we change our opinion.

"But we have a list for every position. If one of our players who we did not expect to leave suddenly leaves then you cannot stand there saying 'Now what?'

"You need to have a list of players in mind and that is what we have."

Wales Online
Legg excited by Premier League derby

The man who has played at both sides of the M4's South Wales stretch predicts Premier League fireworks next season.

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Former Cardiff and Swansea favourite Andy Legg believes next season's South Wales derby will put the fixture on the global map.

Cardiff and Swansea will face off in the top flight for the first time in the fixture's 100-year history next term after Cardiff clinched promotion to the Premier League.

It is a fixture set to get the pulses racing of all football fans and is sure to be shown on live television.

But Legg, who has played on both sides of the fierce rivalry, said the game would show the passion of the encounter right around the world.

"I think they will have to make the grounds bigger to get everyone in who wants to see those games," said Legg.

"Cardiff against Swansea in the Premier League, it's something I never dreamt would happen and now it's a reality.

"It's a game that everyone will be looking forward to massively.

"It's going to be shown all around the world and that is going to put the game on the map.

"Sometimes people look at other derbies in the game and tend to overlook Cardiff and Swansea, but it a really passionate affair and intense game.

"A South Wales derby in the Premier League is going to show that it's a derby day right up there with the best of them."

Legg, who earned six Wales caps, began his professional career at Swansea in 1988 and, after spells at Notts County, Birmingham, Ipswich and Reading, signed for Cardiff 10 years later and spent five years in the Welsh capital.

And having made 163 league appearances for Swansea and 175 for the Bluebirds, Legg admits he has divided loyalties.

The 46-year-old joked: "They are both going to be great games.

"Just don't ask me who's going to win it, I couldn't possibly say."