Swansea City must target Barcelona forward David Villa in the January transfer window because the Premier League club should be able to offer him plenty of playing time and the opportunity to play alongside several other talented young Spanish players.
Working in Swansea's favor is the fact that their manager, Michael Laudrup, was a great player at Barcelona and has probably seen Villa play several times. He would be able to find ways for Villa to excel in a number of roles if the 31-year-old ever came to England.
A quick look at the Premier League table shows that Swansea are only six points away from fourth-place Arsenal.
A spot in the Champions League is a real possibility for Swansea, and if the club can add one or two quality players in next month's transfer window, a late-season run toward a top-four finish will certainly be possible. The club's recent draw with Manchester United proved it could compete with the league's best.
Villa would give the Swansea attack another goal scorer and playmaker that can create scoring chances for himself and his teammates.
Young Spanish striker Michu leads Swansea and the Premier League with 13 league goals, but no other player in the squad has more than four. Only five Swansea players have scored more than one league goal thus far.
It's clear that the club could use some attacking reinforcements, and this has been evident in Swansea's last two league matches against Tottenham and Manchester United.
Swansea scored just one goal in each match, and to take all three points from clubs of that caliber, Laudrup needs another world-class forward. In fact, since the month of November started, Swansea has scored more than two goals in a single match just twice.
Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Villa would be a fantastic attacking trio for Swansea in the final half of the season, and making a transfer for a player of Villa's caliber would energize the club's fanbase tremendously.
Villa would receive plenty of playing time at Swansea and would also be able to play with several talented Spanish players.
Going to a major club such as Chelsea or Arsenal may give him a better chance for trophies, but Swansea City is the best fit for Villa at this stage of his career.