Swansea City: Garry Monk will aim to keep stars - Sam Ricketts

Wilfried Bony and Ashley Williams in action for Swansea

Garry Monk will be determined to keep hold of Swansea City's top players despite interest from other clubs, says Sam Ricketts.

Tottenham have expressed an interest in Ben Davies while Wilfried Bony been linked with a move away.

Ashley Williams' future is unresolved but ex-Swan Ricketts says Monk will be reluctant to sell his best players.

"If there are players Garry will want to keep he will do everything in his power to keep them," Ricketts said.

The Wolves captain and Wales international added: "This will be his first full season and he will want to be successful and for that to happen he needs good players.

"You can't get around the Premier League without good players and expect to have a good season if you sell your best players."

Wales left-back Davies, 21, is believed to be a target for new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino while Bony, 25, is interesting English, Spanish and French clubs.

Ivory Coast striker Bony's agent has said he would only leave the Swans for a top-six Premier League club and Monk has previously said he wants to keep the World Cup player at Liberty Stadium.

Williams' agent Jamie Moralee has warned Swansea risk losing captain Williams for nothing if his future is not resolved.

The club are in discussions over a new contract with the Wales defender, who was a subject of a £4m bid from Sunderland.

Spanish forward Michu is being linked with a possible move to Napoli after an injury-wrecked 2013-14 campaign.

Ricketts, a team-mate of Monk's during a two-year spell at Swansea, believes the head coach will recruit suitable players should he fail to keep hold of his key men.

"He'll have replacements in mind but ultimately you want to keep your best players and... if they do go I'm sure he's got targets lined," Welsh international Ricketts added.

"He's introduced a very good scouting system at Swansea in the short space of time he's been there to line up future targets."

Monk has added Middlesbrough striker Marvin Emnes to his squad, the second forward to have joined the Swans following the arrival of Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon.

"The club know everything about Emnes and what his strengths and weaknesses are," Ricketts said.

"But with Gomis, he's an unknown and we don't quite know how he will settle into the game and into the club.

"One is a very safe signing in Emnes and there's always a little bit of a risk when you're signing a player who you don't know and who hasn't played in the league before."

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