LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City have bolstered their attacking arsenal with the signing of Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, the English champions said.
Bony, who scored 20 goals in the 2014 calendar year, more than any Premier League player, has joined for a fee of about US$45.48 million according to British media.
The 26-year-old, who is preparing for this month’s African Nations Cup with the Ivorian squad, joined Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for 12 million pounds in 2013.
City have suffered with injuries to strikers Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Steven Jovetic this season but still closed an eight-point gap to Premier League Chelsea and now trail by two.
With all of City’s strikers now fit and Bony signed, manager Manuel Pellegrini has some formidable firepower at his disposal.
In Aguero, Dzeko, Bony and midfielder Yaya Toure, City have four of last season’s five leading Premier League scorers.