Hernandez makes Swans switch

Swansea have completed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo

Hernandez for a club-record fee of ?5.55million.

The Spain international, who has four caps to his name, has

signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium subject to

international clearance and comes in as a direct replacement for

Scott Sinclair, who sealed his switch to Manchester City earlier

this afternoon.

Hernandez, 27, had voiced his desire to be reunited with Michael

Laudrup, having worked with the Swans boss while at Getafe.

And he was delighted to put pen to paper after passing his

medical, telling the club website: “I’m very happy to become a

Swansea City player.

“It was my target as soon as I knew there was interest. There

were offers from other clubs, but this was the only club I wanted

to join.”

Hernandez becomes Swansea’s eighth summer signing and the fee

paid for the wide man just eclipses that paid by the South Wales

club to bring midfielder Ki Sung-yueng from Celtic last week.

Hernandez, who scored five times in 40 appearances for Valencia

last term, will not be available for Saturday’s Premier League

meeting with Sunderland, but is eager to get down to work with

Laudrup, one of his heroes.

“I want to thank the club and Michael Laudrup for making me feel

like a very important player. Now I want to repay that faith on the

football field,” he said.

“Swansea is a very important football club and will only keep

getting better. They were a good side last year and look even

better so far this season.

“I watched the game against West Ham on TV last week and they

played some good football. I also liked the atmosphere; the fans

are good and together with Michael Laudrup’s presence it’s an

exciting package.

“Michael was my idol when I was young.

“Then I was lucky enough to play under him at Getafe.

“I was a young player at Getafe and I learnt a lot from him. He

gave me confidence and I have a lot to thank him for. Now I want to

help him at Swansea in return, because he was very important for my