According to The Mirror, Swansea are going to bid for Hector Moreno, as a replacement for a possible Ashley Williams Departure. The Mexican defender, who plys his trade with Espanyol in Spain’s Primera Division, is reported to be a subject of a £7 million bid from the Capital Cup winners. Swansea are looking to buy him as a replacement/under study to Ashley Williams, who is likely to join Arsenal before the end of the window.
Espanyol have been hit by the financial problems that plague La Liga, and would be willing to shift on Moreno, if the they get an offer of at least £7 million, which will help to reduce their financial woes.
It has been reported that Arsenal have been given a deadline of the first week of the season, to sign Williams, otherwise, no transfer will be possible, since Michael Laudrup would want time to bed William’s replacement, most likely Moreno, into the team.
Hector Moreno is a highly experienced defender, though is younger than Williams (Moreno is 25, while Williams is older at 28 years of age), and has been capped 46 times by his country. He was part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa. He also won the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mexico, playing in every match of the tournament. He has played over 240 competitive matches, for club and country, and has won Espanyol’s Player Of The Year for the 2011-2012 season, his debut season for the club.
At £7 million though, he represents a bit of risk for a miserly Swansea, whose most expensive player was Pablo Hernandez at £5.5 million, though they smashed it this season, by signing Wilfried Bony, for a reported £12 million. Moreno has only played for two seasons in a top league like the La Liga, but should fit into the team well, and form a good partnership, with another buy from the Spanish market, in Chico Flores. If Williams doesn’t leave, and Swansea go ahead with the transfer of Moreno, then it will add to Swansea’s depth for a tough season, which includes the Europa League, and we all know what happens when you don’t strengthen a team, like what happened at Newcastle.