18:23 2nd September 2013
. . . Alvaro completes move from Getafe
Swansea City have completed the signing of Spanish Under-21 international Alvaro Vazquez from Getafe, subject to international clearance.
The 22-year-old striker agreed terms on a season-long loan move to the Liberty Stadium tonight with the view to a permanent transfer.
Vazquez was an integral part of the Spanish Under-21 side that clinched the European Championship crown in the summer and his arrival ends Michael Laudrup’s quest to add an additional striker to his squad.
“Vasquez is a young player I know from his time at Espanyol and now Getafe,’’ explained Laudrup.
“He is a little different to the strikers we have and has the characteristics we have been looking for. He will give us a different option.’’
Swans chairman, Huw Jenkins, added: "He is a young player with plenty of potential. He has already done well out in Spain and looks like the right signing for us at this stage."
Vazquez, who came through the ranks at Espanyol before securing a move to Getafe last summer, was a teammate of Swans defender Jordi Amat for club and country.
Born in Barcelona, Vasquez joined Espanyol at the age of 14. He made the senior step up with the reserves in Segunda B before making his La Liga debut five years later in September 2010 against Real Madrid.
He played his final game for Getafe as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Valladolid on Saturday, taking his tally to 89 top-flight appearances in La Liga with 14 goals.