City could sign three strikers
MANCHESTER City will not end their pursuit of new strikers even if they do succeed in bringing Carlos Tevez and Samuel Eto'o to Eastlands, with the Wolfsburg forward, Edin Dzeko, also on Mark Hughes' list for the club's ambitious spending spree.
MANCHESTER City will not end their pursuit of new strikers even if they do succeed in bringing Carlos Tevez and Samuel Eto'o to Eastlands, with the Wolfsburg forward, Edin Dzeko, also on Mark Hughes' list for the club's ambitious spending spree. (Guardian)
The City manager wants to add at least two forwards to his squad this summer and intends one to be a powerful, tall centre-forward who could complement the likes of Robinho and possibly Tevez.
Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz was earmarked for that role in January and, while Hughes remains keen on a reunion with the striker he brought to Ewood Park, the Paraguay international's persistent knee injury and Rovers' valuation have prompted the Welshman to consider alternative targets.
Portsmouth's Peter Crouch has been linked with City but it is Dzeko, Germany's footballer of the year and potentially a much cheaper option at around �9m, who is now under consideration by the City hierarchy.
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The 23-year-old scored 30 goals in 33 appearances for the German champions last season and has 12 in 17 games for his country, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He was also watched on several occasions by City scouts last season and, despite his success with Wolfsburg and Champions League football next term, could be tempted by the lucrative contracts on offer at Eastlands.
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City officials are still hopeful of enticing Tevez into a controversial move across Manchester despite a positive and cordial meeting between the United chief executive, David Gill, and Kia Joorabchian, head of the consortium that owns the player's economic rights, on Wednesday.
It is understood United agreed to pay the �25.5m required to secure the Argentina international on a full-time contract and Joorabchian is now discussing the proposal with Tevez.
Whether the forward wants to remain with United, having made his frustrations known at their reluctance to initially meet the asking price, is unclear.
A decision on Tevez's future is not anticipated until after Argentina complete their latest round of World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador next Wednesday.
Eto'o is also expected to receive a substantial offer to leave Barcelona for Manchester in the coming weeks. The Cameroon striker is approaching the final 12 months of his contract with the European champions and the Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has admitted his club are open to offers for Eto'o.