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WILFRIED BONY
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UPDATED 01:48 12th July 2013


Swansea City have completed the £12million club record signing of Wilfried Bony from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in July, 2013.
The £12m move, with potential add-ons to follow, smashed the previous £5.55m record transfer fee paid to Valencia for Spanish winger Pablo Hernandez last summer.
Bony was a scoring sensation in the Eredivisie during the 2012-13 campaign, with the striker’s 31 goals in 30 games not only earning him the top scorer award but also clinching him the Dutch Player of the Year title.
Bony started his career in his homeland with Issia Wazi, later moving to the Czech Republic to sign for Sparta Prague, who he helped win their national league title in 2010.
His form attracted the attention of Vitesse, who paid just over £3million for his services midway through the 2010-11 season.
In his first full season at Vitesse, Bony was top scorer with 12 goals from 28 league games.
But it was in the 2012-13 campaign which he was truly prolific, finding the net 36 times from 36 games in all competitions.
And he repaid every chunk of his transfer fee in 2013-14, scoring 25 goals in all competitions which earned him the Top Scorer gong at the club's annual awards night, where he was also named Supporters' Player of the Year; Players' Player and Best Newcomer.

On the international stage, Bony was on target during the African Cup of Nations in 2013 as Ivory Coast reached the quarter-finals in South Africa.
He also represented his nation at the World Cup in Brazil, scoring the equaliser in the opening group win over Japan.

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