Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has ruled out a January move for Barcelona striker David Villa.
A number of Premier League clubs have been linked with the Spanish star in recent weeks, amid speculation that he may be able to leave the Nou Camp on loan to regain match fitness.
The Swans are one of the parties to have been mentioned, with some speculating that their style of play may suit the former Valencia hit-man.
With star performer Michu suffering a bad ankle injury in their draw with Reading, the South Wales outfit are rather short on goal scoring options, which has furthered rumours of the club delving into the transfer market.
However, Laudrup confessed that a move for Villa is unlikely, and that he has not been in contact with the player or Barca:
“There have been a lot of rumours, but the only Villa coming to Swansea is Aston Villa.” He is quote by the Daily Mail.
“He is a fantastic player, but unfortunately I don’t think he will be coming to Swansea.
“In fact, although I haven’t spoken to (Andoni) Zubizarreta or (Tito) Vilanova, I think he will stay at Barcelona.”
Villa has also bee linked with Arsenal and Liverpool in recent weeks, with both sides keen to bolster their attacking options in January.