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Swans won't shell out - Laudrup

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has made it clear the club will not be held to ransom over their January transfer targets.

Laudrup has made no secret of his desire to bring in some new faces to try and maintain Swansea's impressive start to the season, which has seen them climb into the top half of the Barclays Premier League and reach the last four of the Capital One Cup.

Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas, Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas and Stoke forward Kenwyne Jones are all on the Dane's wanted list.

Betis are thought to be holding our for a fee of around 1million for Canas, who is out of contract in the summer, while Aspas is understood to have an 8million buy-out clause.

Stoke are also reported to be keen to recoup as much of the 8million they paid for Jones if they are to allow him to leave the Britannia Stadium.

But Laudrup says he will be happy to wait until the summer to complete any deals, rather than pay over his own valuation now.

He said: "From the end of this month, we will be only playing at weekends, although obviously I hope there will be one midweek game because that will mean we are in the Capital One Cup final.

"But it means we don't need a player at the end of January. It might be that we just say we can wait until the summer.

"We don't need desperately for someone to come in on January 31 because from that date we will only be playing weekends.

"It is possible something can happen but I will not be the one who is saying we have to get somebody in with only two days left.

"We have some plans but if they don't come now they will wait until the summer."

Following their stunning Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg success at Chelsea in midweek, Swansea return to Premier League action at Everton on Saturday.

The Toffees triumphed 3-0 when the sides met at the Liberty Stadium in September, and Laudrup is keen for his side to make amends at Goodison Park.

"The first 30 minutes was very bad against Everton," he said.

"I remember I said to the players, 'don't give away any fouls' because with free-kicks they have (Marouane) Fellaini and (Leighton) Baines, but we gave them seven in the first 12 minutes. I will give the players the same message this time.

"We know what Everton will do. They will put us under pressure from the beginning.

"We have to find a motivating factor for every game and the motivation for the players who played in the home game is not to repeat that first half hour.

"If we do that then we will lose the game and we don't want to lose."