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Laudrup anticipates Williams loss

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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is facing up to the prospect of losing centre-back Ashley Williams in the close-season.
Both Arsenal and Liverpool are reported to have targeted the Welsh defender as an ideal acquisition, with competition for his signature likely to hot up over the coming weeks. 

While Williams signed a contract in October which will keep him at the club until 2015, Laudrup admits the 28-year-old may leave, but he is not expecting many departures from the Liberty Stadium. 

"There has been a lot of talk and let's see what happens," Laudrup told The Daily Express.

"He extended his contract not so long ago, like I did. Maybe we have to accept one player will go, but not any more."

The Dane also reiterated his desire to strengthen the Swansea squad in order to build on what has been an impressive second season in the Premier League for the Welsh side.

Swansea won the League Cup and finished ninth in the league, but Laudrup feels a lack of financial clout may hinder his plans for the club to progress.

"We need some players and we have to strengthen our squad to compete and try to consolidate the team," he added.

"There is a lot of work to do this summer. One thing is to find them and another to then go and sign them.

"We have to strengthen to consolidate in mid-table because a lot of the teams below us will spend more money. Teams like Newcastle and West Ham – who are buying Andy Carroll.

"Those sums are way above what we are paying so we have to do things in different ways."

Laudrup has previously spoken about the need to add more firepower to the squad in order to assist striker Michu, who scored 18 times in the Premier League this season.
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