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Manchester City have been told Wilfried Bony’s goals could win them the title and that Swansea will not budge on their valuation of the Ivory Coast striker. Bony’s agent Francis Kacou said on Wednesday that he expects “things will be sorted in the next few days” but the reported £30million deal has been held up with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who has a track record of being a strong negotiator in such situations, ensuring that his club is fully compensated for the loss of the 26-year-old. The Ivorian topped the Barclays Premier League scoring charts in 2014 with 20 goals and Swansea manager Garry Monk said Jenkins “is not stupid” in such matters and knows the full worth of Bony, who has scored 34 times in 70 appearances since his club record £12m arrival from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013. Press Association Monk says Bony’s goals could prove the difference in the Premier League champions’ title battle with Chelsea and that scoring pedigree comes at a price. “I have spoken to the chairman of the club and the situation is ongoing, they are trying to agree fees but they are a little way apart from each other,” Monk said. “We have had those discussions about what he’s worth but the chairman is not stupid either. “The club have a good understanding of these matters and ultimately it depends on what the club feels in terms of how much a player is worth. “I give my input but it’s what the chairman and the board of directors decide is the right valuation and Huw has proven that in the past.” Asked if he felt Bony was worth more than Romelu Lukaku, who joined Everton from Chelsea in a £28m deal last summer, Monk said: ” The money he went for and then compare the two contributions, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. “I’ve left the figure to the chairman and the board, but the club is very clear on what he is worth and I am sure they have looked at players who have moved for similar types of money and what their contributions have been at this level and in this league. “They probably base things on those assumptions, which is quite right, and I can see why the club are holding out for whatever they are holding out for. “If they haven’t quite met that valuation, and that’s what the situation must be otherwise I am sure the deal would have been done. “I am sure Huw knows the figure he wants and he will wait for it – and quite rightly so because, whatever figure they have put on it, Bony is worth that 100 per cent. “He could be the difference in the title race, couldn’t he? That’s what City see in him. “That’s obviously why their interest is what it is because he’s a goalscorer and gets you goals.” Monk said he was already planning for Bony’s absence as the player is now away with the Ivory Coast ahead of the African Nations Cup finals. Back-up striker Bafetimbi Gomis has only started eight games in all competitions since his summer move from Lyon and it has been reported that the 12-times capped France striker has been so dissatisfied with starting opportunities that he is keen to leave Swansea in the January transfer window. The 29-year-old has been linked with Crystal Palace, Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa but Monk said Gomis would not be sold and questioned why he would want to “move sideways or backwards.” “He is at Swansea City and we want him here,” said Monk. “I can stop anyone leaving and if the club do not want to sell they will not. “Talk will always come out but he is a great lad, he works hard and I am looking forward to seeing him in the team and performing well for us. “Bafe is a different striker to Bony but he is outstanding and I want him to enjoy this period and get some goals. “You look at the clubs he has been linked with, why would you move sideways or backwards? “That is not a logical step. He knows he is going to play games for a good team where he has worked hard. “If it was a bigger club with Champions League football you can understand it but some of the teams linked to him are down near the bottom of the league. “He has terrific pedigree, he has scored in the Champions League, he scored 20-plus goals over a number of seasons. “He is a class striker and now he is our main striker.” .
Cabaye was on the bench at the Stade de France last Friday when suicide bombers targeted the friendly match against Germany and also featured in Tuesday’s international match against England at Wembley. Palace are at home to Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night, and Pardew says there is a willingness from his French players to be involved. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew sat down with France midfielder Yohan Cabaye after the “devastating” scenes in Paris last weekend. Pardew is hoping Palace’s best start to the season in a Premier League campaign can continue with a win against the struggling Wearsiders. The Eagles manager welcomes Marouane Chamakh back from a hamstring injury but there are concerns over Bakary Sako, who is facing a fight to be fit in time. Kwesi Appiah is still out with a knee injury and Dwight Gayle will be unavailable due to a damaged hamstring. Pardew said: “We have had conversations with our French players to make sure their nearest and dearest were safe and well, which I can report they are. “They were obviously affected by the tragic events but I think they all have a willingness to play on Monday and perform to their best abilities. “Yohan played in the game (at Wembley), he was a little bit lost with the events as you can imagine. I thought the FA did a terrific job and so did the security around the stadium.” English defender Martin Kelly was in Paris at the time of the attacks and Pardew said he was naturally shaken. He added: “I haven’t seen a reaction that worries me with Martin. “We are all affected by an incident like that. It’s the first time terrorism has been involved with football and this is an unwelcome entry for us. “We are all going to have to be diligent at the weekend and we are all going to have to be on guard. “It’s a high-profile game in terms of the TV coverage so everybody has to be respectful of what happened and diligent.” Press Association
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Good Morning Alpena event. The theme was ‘The Cool Things We Make Part Two.’Sponsored by Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Good Morning Alpena showcased different businesses and what they do in the city of Alpena.Friday’s event also updated citizens on changes that were also happening around town.“There’s a lot of really cool things that get made here in the Alpena area. One of the things that we didn’t talk about today, but I mentioned how our students make robots at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, then we learned about how sausage gets made, we learned about Omega Sign and the electrical components of that, and ESI and how they are training students for high tech jobs. There’s a lot, and when you go down US–23 and you don’t realize there’s really all of these cool things that are being made in those buildings makes today a fun opportunity to bring people together and really celebrate what we make here,” Wolf said.Businesses at Friday’s event included ESI, Omega Electric and Sign Company, Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe, and Thunder Bay Theatre.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: friends of thunder bay national marine sanctuary, Good Morning Alpena, The Cool Things We Make Part Two, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Residents Gather Against GerrymanderingNext Area Schools Will Have to Make Up Snow Days in June