Saturday, August 03, 2013

Bony Nearly Signed For Liverpool As Youngster

Swansea City’s record signing Wilfried Bony could have signed for Liverpool at the age of 19-years-old, former Leeds United player Brian Deane has revealed.

Bony moved to the Welsh club for £12million earlier this summer and on Thursday night scored two debut goals against Swedish side Malmo as Swansea came out 4-0 winners in the Europa League Third Qualifying Round.

Deane claimed on twitter after Bony’s performance that Liverpool had the chance to sign him five years ago, the Express reports.

"Wilfred Bony with 2 goals for Swansea? I took him to Liverpool from the Ivory Coast for a trial 5 years ago, it's turned out well for him," said Deane, a Liverpool fan.

Deane, the current manager of Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08, revealed they could have bought him for less than £100,000 but an agreement couldn’t be made.

"He wasn't an international at the time he was 19 and his club Issia Wazi would have accepted 5 figures but it's up to [the] clubs," he added.

Bony subsequently moved to Sparta Prague and three seasons later Dutch side Vitesse.

In Holland he bagged himself 58 goals from all competitions, including 37 from 36 appearances last season.

He has also had success at international level, scoring eight goals in 14 appearances, the Ivory Coast never losing when he’s scored.

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