TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Swansea bag Valencia’s Pablo Hernandez

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SWANSEA City have completed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for a club record fee of £5.5million.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium and will replace Scott Sinclair, who joined Manchester City earlier today.

Hernandez, who has won four caps for Spain, is looking forward to linking up with Swans manager Michael Laudrup.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to become a Swansea City player. It was my target as soon as I knew there was interest. There were offers from other clubs, but this was the only club I wanted to join.

“I want to thank the club and Michael Laudrup for making me feel like a very important player. Now I want to repay that faith on the football field.

“Michael was my idol when I was young. Then I was lucky enough to play under him at Getafe.

“I was a young player at Getafe and I learnt a lot from him. He gave me confidence and I have a lot to thank him for. Now I want to help him at Swansea in return, because he was very important for my career.”

Hernandez becomes Swansea’s record signing, surpassing the £5.5million paid for Celtic’s Ki Sung-Yueng last week.

Laudrup was delighted to bring the Spaniard in and feels it’s a good sign for the club that players of his caliber want to join the Swans.

He added: “I am looking forward to working with him again; he is a good player with the right mentality.

“He specifically wanted to come here. The other players who have come here have come from smaller clubs, and here is a player from the third biggest club in Spain and he wants to come here. It is great for us.”

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