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Transfer news: Wilfried Bony reveals he is training with Newport in hope of move abroad 

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'My agent is talking with some clubs in Italy and Turkey also': Ex-Swansea star Wilfried Bony reveals he is training with Newport in hope of move abroadWilfried Bony is currently training with League Two club Newport CountyThe striker left Swansea this summer and is looking for a new club to joinHe hopes to agree a transfer to a team based abroad in the near future 

 Wilfried Bony has revealed he is close to moving abroad after leaving Swansea this summer - and is training with League Two Newport County to keep his fitness up.

Having been part of the Ivory Coast squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, Bony found himself without a club for the start of pre-season.

Several clubs have enquired for the services of Bony, who once cost Manchester City £28million to buy from the Swans in 2015, and the 30-year-old is weighing up potential destinations.

Wilfried Bony (right) is training with Newport County and their boss Michael Flynn (centre)

'I need to train with a team to be fit before I find a new team,' Bony told BBC Sport Wales.

'My agent is talking with some clubs in Italy and Turkey also. 

'We are waiting for the best offer and then after discussing it, we will try to go there and sign. I hope to find a club as soon as possible.'

Ivory Coast striker Bony cost Manchester City £28million to buy from Swansea in 2015

He was invited to work with the Exiles after an intervention by Welshman Ryland Morgans, who is an assistant for Ivory Coast.

'He asked how I was feeling after coming back from the African Cup,' added Bony, a £28m Manchester City signing in 2014.

'He asked me if I was training with Swansea. I said no, I asked them but the boss there said it was not the appropriate time for that for different reasons. I respect his decision.

'I continued to follow my programme. We were speaking and Ryland told me I can go to Newport - he knows the manager.

'I said why not - let me go there. It's one hour from Swansea so I started training with them.' 

Bony admitted he considers Swansea his second home and his family will remain there

The striker will also ensure his family remains in south Wales wherever he ends up playing, having finished last season on loan at Al-Arabi in Qatar. 

'Swansea is my second home after Africa - it will always be part of me,' he said.

'On top of that my boys are playing with them, so always I will be here whatever happens.'

Bony admitted he was enjoying working with the Newport team and would remain with them until a permanent club has been found. 

'I am enjoying it,' he said. 'It's a young team with young lads. I talk to them about my experience.

'I wanted to get fitter and it's good to be around the players.

'I know it's not the same level but it doesn't matter. You just need to be around the team, moving with the team and getting a bit of fitness.' 

 

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