Wilfried Bony transfer latest: Tottenham 'prepare' £18 million bid to battle Liverpool in race to sign Swansea striker

The Ivory Coast striker is wanted by Liverpool and Tottenham after an impressive debut season in England

Tottenham are ready to rival Liverpool's move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony with an £18 million bid, according to reports.

Swansea are resigned to losing their prized asset, and have already signed Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon as a possible replacement. They would, however, seek a fee a generous profit on the £12 million they paid Vitesse Arnhem last summer to sign the 25-year-old.

Liverpool are keen to bring in a new striker after missing out on Alexis Sanchez, who joined Arsenal in a £35 million deal on Thursday, and have funds to spend following Luis Suarez's £75 million move to Barcelona.

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Bony, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season, is reported to be one of Brendan Rodgers' top striker targets after an impressive season with the Welsh club.

But according to the Daily Mail, the Reds will face competition from Tottenham as new manager Mauricio Pochettino attempts to make him mark at White Hart Lane.

It has been suggested that Spurs are lining up a bid in the region of £18 million for the Ivory Coast star. It is also thought they would be willing to use Gylfi Sigurdsson as leverage to help them move ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Bony.

The two clubs could also battle it out for Swansea's highly-rated left-back Ben Davies, who could be available for as little as £10 million.

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