This has been a summer which has already seen some interesting spending by clubs who would be considered outside of the Premier League's elite. Some purchases have been really quite impressive and shown intent, Norwich City are going for it and Swansea City aren't too far behind them. They've already completed the signing of Wilfried Bony who was the top scorer in the Eredivisie last year with Vitesse and, as well as other business, they are on the verge of signing Wakaso from Espanyol.
Mubarak Wakaso is primarily a left sided midfielder, an experienced Ghana international and will turn 23 years old next week. He only joined Espanyol last year after Villarreal were relegated. Swansea City have been linked with him for over a month and now Spanish newspaper Sport says that Espanyol expect the deal to be closed in 'the next few hours', unless Rubin Kazan come in to scupper things.
We think Sport's 'next few hours' could be slightly optimistic and perhaps they just mean an agreement will be finalised not the full signing. The newspaper explain that Swansea have been in touch with the Spanish side over the weekend and are expected to make a move regarding a bid today. According to the report, Swansea's first bid of €4.5m was turned down and Espanyol want €6m, but Sport don't think that will be a problem for the Welsh club.
Wakaso himself is stated as preferring a move to the Premier League over Russian football, but if Swansea fail to complete the deal then no possibility is excluded. Espanyol aren't forcing Wakaso out but would like the money from his sale to purchase a striker and he'll earn far more at Swansea City than he currently does.
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