Agent expects Bony deal

Premier League title challengers Manchester City have been short of options up front of late and it emerged on Tuesday that they were in advanced talks with Bony, who has been a prolific goal scorer since arriving at Swansea.

The 26-year-old came to Wales from Vitesse Arnhem for ??12m in July 2013 and has scored 34 goals in 70 appearances in all competitions since then.

He was given a contract extension seven weeks ago which runs until 2018 but the Ivory Coast international is now apparently on the verge of a move to to the reigning Premier League champions.

Bony is valued at around ??30m and our reporter Gary Cotterill spoke to the Swansea forward and his representative at the airport before they left for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Asked directly if he thought the Manchester City deal would happen, Bony’s agent Francis Kacou said: “Yes, it looks like it.

“Talks are going on but we hope, soon, things will happen.”

Bony is heading off to join his Ivory Coast teammates for a training camp ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

???The discussions are still going on and now I am going to join my national team, so I will just focus on that,” he said.

???There is no news yet but the negotiations are going on.

???We don???t know what will happen or what will be later, but now I???m just focused on the national team.???

Asked if he was heartened by City???s interest, he said: ???It is good to hear.

???Why not (join Manchester City)? Every player wants to play Champions League, it is a wish of every player. So, if you get that opportunity …?

???I???m just taking things step by step. Now, it is just national team. I am waiting like you.???

Asked if any other clubs were interested in signing Bony, Kacou said: ???There are rumours about other things but it is City at the moment.

???There are some small details about money but I think things will be all right in a few days.

???I???m flying with him to Abu Dhabi and let???s see what will happen.???

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