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Laudrup admits Aspas interest

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has confirmed his interest in Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, but insisted a deal is not imminent.

Aspas has netted six times so far this season and is reported to have also caught the eye of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

However, agent Felix Gende said earlier this week that the 25-year-old would not be moving during the January transfer window - and Laudrup has now also played down talk of signing the Spaniard any time soon.

"He [Aspas] is a very good player," he said. "I know him, but to say he is coming here is a big step.

"When I look at players, I look first for quality. Second, do they fit into this environment, this squad and this city? Then there is the salary and the fee."

Laudrup has enjoyed a strong start to his first season of management in the Premier League, guiding Swansea to ninth in the table.

But he is keen to improve his squad and revealed that work has been going on behind the scenes to draw up a list targets for the January window.

"We are always looking for players and if you want to do your job well, you always have to be prepared for everything in advance," he said.