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24th Jul, 2016 | 4:25pm

Report: Former club enter race for Everton’s forward target

By Dominic Toner

Swansea have entered the race to re-sign striker Wilfried Bony, according to a report.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman is set to lose young prospect John Stones to Manchester City this summer and the Mirror claim the Dutchman has expressed his desire for striker Bony to be part of a swap deal.

However, swap deals are notoriously complicated to finalise and this could leave Bony’s former club in pole position to sign the Ivorian.

The Express report that Swansea are desperate to boost their attacking options this summer and want Bony on-loan or at a reduced £15million price.

The Ivory Coast international has struggled to cement a place at the Etihad after joining in the 2015 winter window, scoring just six goals in 36 appearances.

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He has three years left on his City contract but now seems surplus to requirements.

Bony was a huge hit at the Liberty Stadium after arriving from Vitesse in July 2013 for a club record £12m fee, scoring 26 times in 56 league games.

Everton’s leading forward Romelu Lukaku has said that he wishes to leave for Chelsea this summer and Koeman could use Bony as a replacement if he gets his move.

Lukaku is in demand after scoring an impressive 25 goals in all competitions in what was a disappointing 2015/16 season under former manager Roberto Martinez.

In other Everton transfer news, they are lining up a £12.5million Dutch international.