Laudrup raids La Liga, brings Lamah to La Libertad

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Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty ImagesNew Swansea arrival Roland Lamah, right, battles with Malaga's Isco, left, earlier this season in La Liga.

Michael Laudrup has made his first signing of the winter transfer window, raiding La Liga once more to bring in Belgian international Roland Lamah from Osasuna on an 18 month loan deal with an option to buy. Lamah is a winger who can play both sides, but primarily on the left, and he should fit into the rotation very nicely with Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Pablo. Here he is showing off for the cameras.

Laudrup has wanted to bring in a winger since failing at the last minute to secure Jerson Cabral from Feyenoord on summer deadline day -- the same day Pablo signed. Cabral chose to stay in Holland with FC Twente instead.

- Lamah seals Swansea loan

The move is already looking like good business on paper. Lamah has shown potential throughout his short career so far in appearances with five different clubs (Vise, Anderlecht, Roda JC, Le Mans and Osasuna). Swansea will be his sixth, which all sounds a bit like Routledge -- a promising player full of potential with a suspiciously long list of former clubs. But the Swans have always done well signing 'misfits'. Scott Sinclair's career trajectory was similar, until he apparently got nostalgic for being a fringe player again. The loan means the Swans have some insurance should things not pan out, but the duration of the loan suggests Laudrup has faith that the player can learn to fit in at Swansea.

The Swans' squad rotation will be interesting to watch. Already Laudrup has shown tactical flexibility in playing fullback Angel Rangel as a winger, while Dyer has been moved to the left side on occasion and even started the game against Everton at striker. One of Swansea's best performances this season was their 3-1 victory over West Brom, in which all three Swans wingers started; Dyer on the right, Routledge on the left and Pablo in the middle. Signing Lamah will allow Laudrup to revisit this idea while still having adequate cover on the bench. In turn, if Pablo does feature in the hole more often, then Michu can continue to play up front, which also offers Laudrup a fall back option if his pursuit of a striker this window is unsuccessful.

At least we ought to stop hearing nonsense rumours about Swansea paying seven million pounds for Blackpool's Tom Ince. Laudrup would almost certainly rather meet Iago Aspas's 8.2 million pounds release clause than pay almost as much for Ince, and he's not doing that. Yet.

Speaking of which, the Lamah singing won't have taken much out of the transfer kitty at all. There is still hope the Swans can sign Jose Canas this window, but it seems like the midfielder has agreed to join Swansea in the summer anyway. An improved offer between one million pounds and two million pounds ought to be enough, with Real Betis rejecting an offer worth around one million pounds already.

If Canas does come to the Liberty this window, then there ought to still be enough money to meet Aspas' release clause, especially if Danny Graham ends up getting sold. Of course, with Graham back on form, and the risk inherent in needing to sell one player to acquire another, Laudrup may decide to play it safe on the striker front this window and instead use the summer to reshape his attack. If Laudrup is determined to make a move on that front this month, then Stoke's Kenwyne Jones is another rumoured target, though meeting what will be an inflated price from a British rival would be out of character for Swansea given Laudrup's expert extrapolation of value from financially unstable Spanish sides.

In the meantime, the Swans faithful can look forward to seeing Lamah in action as soon as Saturday, where he could feature against Jones and Stoke.

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