Liverpool warned off move for potential Remy alternative, 'astronomical' bid needed

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Swansea City boss Garry Monk says that only an 'astronomical' bid for striker Wilfried Bony would see the Ivorian leave the club.

Liverpool's efforts to replace Luis Suarez have seen them snap up Southampton striker Rickie Lambert and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, but their bid to sign QPR striker Loic Remy has broken down over a failed medical. Conflicting reports over the specifics have left Liverpool fans confused, but one thing is for sure - the Frenchman won't be arriving at Anfield now.

That leaves manager Brendan Rodgers with a huge hole to fill in attack, and he has been linked with a £20m swoop to sign Bony. The Ivorian international, who scored two goals at the World Cup this summer, also hit 18 goals in first season at the Liberty Stadium, and had allegedly drawn interest from former Swans boss Rodgers.

However, current manager Monk says says not only have they not had any enquiries for their star striker, but even if they did, it would take a huge bid for another team to land him.

"Wilfried remains a Swansea City player and we have had no contact from anyone about him," said Monk. "Everything that has been said about him this summer has been in the papers. We are not a newspaper company. We just deal with realism. At the moment nothing has come in and Wilfried remains a Swansea City player."

"But the situation can’t drag on for the whole summer," he added. "You don’t want one of those scenarios where it goes all the way up to the last day. It has to be made loud and clear, the fact is he is not for sale, unless someone comes in with an astronomical offer which does happen. Unless they want to pay an astronomical fee, then he is going nowhere."

Swansea have every right to hold out for £20m, but their position was somewhat weakened when they chose to sign Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer. The Frenchman is believed to be on huge wages, and given that he's a similar player to Bony, many people thought Gomis was the eventual replacement for Bony rather than his future partner - which could give Liverpool a glimmer of hope.

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