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WILFRIED BONY'S agent has slammed Newcastle for passing up the chance to sign the Swansea striker but has opened the door to a move to Arsenal or Liverpool this summer.
Dalibor Lacina - Bony's representative - has claimed that Swansea were the only team willing to take a chance on Bony last summer and that Newcastle could now neither afford the Ivory Coast international, or match his ambition.
Indeed, Lacina believes that Bony would only be interested in a move to a top six side and would now cost at least £20m.
That could be all the encouragement that Arsenal and Liverpool need to step up their interest in Bony - with both clubs linked with a move for the 25-year-old in recent times.
Lacina told The Shields Gazzette: "They [Newcastle] could have signed him for £10m, but they said they weren't sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland.
"I know Wilfried. I brought him over from Africa and I know what he can do. I used to be a player and coach myself.
"I told them that he would score goals wherever he played but it was only Huw Jenkins [the Swansea chairman] who took the risk. Now he is worth £20m.
"Newcastle is a traditional, fantastic club but they are always the same with transfers. I was in contact with them a couple of years ago over Tomas Ujfalusi, who played for Atletico and Fiorentina, but it was a similar story."
He added: "We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition.
"We have had no contact with Newcastle."
Lacina concluded: "The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea."