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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup sidesteps Jones transfer question

Published: January 17, 2013 | 7:46 am
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Michael Laudrup
Michael Laudrup has refused to be drawn on reports Stoke have turned down a £3 million bid for striker Kenwyne Jones .
Speaking after his team’s 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat against Arsenal , the Swansea manager dismissed the claims as rumours.
And he joked with reporters about the January transfer speculation.
“We’re all part of the game, you, me, everybody. We all have to accept it. I have to accept your questions and you have to accept my political answers.”

Reports said Swansea have made a bid for Jones with rumours suggesting striker Danny Graham is seeking a move from the Liberty Stadium.
But the Dane was unmoved by the continuing speculation.
“Rumours about players who could come in, players who could leave, it’s the same for Swansea as like everybody else,” he said.
“Every day you can see on the television the supposed movements, and it will be like that for another 16 days.
“While the rules are like that it’s a whole month and we all have to accept it.”
Laudrup also accepted that his team were second best to Arsenal in their FA Cup third round replay at the Emirates Stadium.
It was Graham’s last-minute strike that earned Swansea a replay after their 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on 5 January.
But Arsenal, inspired by Jack Wilshere, over-ran the Swans after the interval in the replay, a fact Laudrup readily acknowledged.
“We just have to accept that in the second half they were the better team, so I think that it’s okay that they won the game,” he said.
It was a measure of Arsenal’s dominance that Wilshere’s 87th minute winner was the Gunners’ 26th attempt on goal.


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