Transfer news

Bony reveals Premier League ambition

May 2, 2013
By ESPN staff

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony has revealed his desire to move to the Premier League next season, admitting he is searching for Champions League football.

Wilfried Bony
PA PhotosBony is the Dutch Eredivisie's top goalscorer this season

Bony, 24, has scored a remarkable 31 league goals this season, making him the Dutch Eredivisie's top scorer, with nearest rival Graziano Pelle of Feyenoord seven goals behind in the golden boot race.

A number of English clubs have shown interest in Bony, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham among the possible  targets.

The Ivory Coast international has suggested he is likely to leave Vitesse in the summer and is keen to experience "the atmosphere in England".

"For me the Premier League is the top league [in Europe], but the Bundesliga is also good - France, Italy and Spain, they're all good too," Bony said.

"England I think would be perfect. I'm very interested in the Premier League and the atmosphere in England, it's a wonderful league and we will see what happens.


"It would be great for me [to move to a club in the Champions League]. It's the only competition I haven't played in yet."

Although Bony is aware of the media speculation surrounding a possible move to the Premier League, including recent interest from Chelsea, he has not yet opened negotiations with Vitesse.


"The transfer market has not started yet. There's nothing concrete," he told BBC Sport. "There is a lot of talk about me in the newspapers but I'm still focused on the last two games of the season with Vitesse and at the end of the season we will see.

"I've heard the rumours [about Chelsea being interested], like you've heard about that. There's nothing concrete. We'll see at the end of the season."