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Bodde hands in transfer request

Ferrie Bodde
Swansea signed Bodde from Den Haag for 50,000

Swansea's Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde has had a transfer request turned down by the club.

The 26-year-old, who joined from ADO Den Haag for 50,000 a year ago, has been linked with relegated Premier League sides Derby and Reading.

Derby have already had a 750,000 bid rejected and manager Roberto Martinez slapped a 2m price tag on him.

Chairman Huw Jenkins said: "Over the last few days, Ferrie submitted a transfer request which we turned down."

He added: "We will try our best to try and make sure he stays with us."

Bodde has been a key figure in Swansea's midfield this season as they stormed to the League One title.


And with midfielder Andy Robinson already choosing to move to Leeds, Bodde's departure would make it a huge double blow for the Swans.

But Jenkins said the club is not in a situation where players need to be sold.

"It has never been our intention to move players on, we want to make sure we strengthen the side in the summer," he said.

"Ferrie signed a three-year contract when he joined us last year and until that changes, he will remain our player.

"The manager says he thinks Ferrie is worth 2m and I think if a player is intent on leaving and you get the right valuation, then we might have to look at it.

"But nobody has met our valuation on a player that we think can be playing in the top four of the Premier League."

Should Swansea get their asking price, it would shatter the previous 1m record-fee they received for Lee Trundle from Bristol City last summer.

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