Today's media round-up
17th January 2013
Well it didn't take long for the press to spark up talk regarding the January transfer window again. With the Swans being knocked out of the FA Cup after the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, the headlines are firmly back on transfers and mainly based on Stoke's striker Kenwyne Jones. Both BBC Sport and the South Wales Evening Post have stories regarding the Potters hitman whilst Sky Sports looked at Danny Graham's future as well as Michael's Laudrup's reaction to Wednesday's defeat.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admits speculation is inevitable:
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup accepts transfer speculation is inevitable after his side's impressive form this season.
Reports have linked Swansea with Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, and that could see Danny Graham leave the Swans.
"Rumours about players who could come in, players who could leave, it's the same for Swansea like everybody else," said Laudrup.
"While the rules are like that, it's a whole month and we have to accept it."
He added: "We're all part of the game. I have to accept [journalists'] questions and they have to accept my political answers.
"Every day you see on television the supposed movements and it will be like that for another 16 days."
South Wales Evening Post:
Swansea City told to up their bid for Kenwyne Jones
Swansea City have been told to up their offer for Kenwyne Jones after seeing a £3 million bid for the striker rejected.
It emerged last night that Swansea tabled their initial offer for the Stoke City targetman late last week.
But the suggestion is that Stoke have told Swansea they want £4.5 million for Jones (right). And boss Tony Pulis will also want to find a replacement for the former Sunderland man - who cost Stoke £8 million in 2010 - before he sanctions any deal.
Jones has emerged as Michael Laudrup's top target as he looks to add a centre-forward to his squad. But Swansea's chances of getting their man may be hampered by Jones's form.
Danny Graham wants a move back to his native North East, Sky Sports understands
Sky Sports sources understand that Swansea striker Danny Graham wants to move back to the North East.
The 27-year-old has started just 10 league games under Michael Laudrup this season - with star summer signing Michu taking centre stage.
Recent weeks have seen Graham getting a run of games, but it is understood that the striker would like to move back to his native North East.
The Gateshead-born front-man came through the youth ranks at Middlesbrough, but he failed to become a first-team regular at the Riverside.
Moves to Carlisle, Watford and then Swansea followed and it is now believed Graham would like a move closer to his roots.
Sky Sports understand Sunderland are very keen, whilst his boyhood club Newcastle have also been linked.
Michael Laudrup admits Arsenal deserved their FA Cup win over Swansea
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admitted Arsenal deserved their 1-0 FA Cup third round replay victory.
Jack Wilshere scored a superb winner for Arsenal with four minutes left of normal time, and it was no more than the hosts deserved.
Swansea had set up the replay with a late Danny Graham goal in the 2-2 draw and Laudrup had no complaints to be denied by a similarly late goal at the Emirates.
Laudrup said: "The first half was very even, they had a bit more of the ball but we were at the same level.
"In the second half they were the better team, they deserved the win and good luck in the competition.
"They created chances and pushed us back, we defended great but we couldn't get out of there.
"It was nice to see Michel Vorm back at his best and we blocked a couple of big chances.
"They had one or two where you say 'How did they miss that?', and then they scored with a few minutes left.
"Last time it was us, this time it was them."