Transfer Window: Day 23
- 23 January 2013 08:29
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Manchester City are preparing for a two-way battle with Manchester United for the signature of Stoke stopper Asmir Begovic, according to fresh reports this morning.
We brought you news of the Blues alleged interest yesterday and now it seems they may face some familiar competition.
“City manager Roberto Mancini wants the Bosnian to switch to Eastlands and keep first-choice Joe Hart on his toes,” claims Jeremy Butler.
“And that has put him on course for a fight with neighbour Alex Ferguson, who believes Begovic is the right man to take over from under-fire David de Gea.
“Stoke boss Tony Pulis paid Portsmouth £3million for the 25-year-old keeper’s services in 2010.”
“The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Serie A giants Inter in recent weeks, while the striker himself did not rule out an Etihad Stadium exit in the near future - adding that he would "love" to go back to the Bundesliga at some point in his career,” writes Alex Young.
“However, Dzeko’s representative Irfan Redzepagic has claimed to have no knowledge of the Nerazzurri’s interest and ruled out a move for the striker during the current window.”
Redzepagic said: "I do not know anything about [Inter's interest]."
"Inter never contacted me, but they would have been rebuffed.
"Edin is happy at Manchester City and has no intention to move from there. Neither Inter nor any other club called me."
Finally, some are still talking about Joleon Lescott's eagerness to heap praise on fellow centre back Matija Nastasic.
Despite being in competition with the young Serbian for a place in Roberto Mancini’s starting 11, Lescott has hailed Nastasic as one of the Premier League’s rising stars and insisted the 19-year-old should be a candidate for player of the year.
“He [Lescott] believes Nastasic would earn far more praise for his consistent performances if he was English, rather than Serbian,” writes The Mirror’s David McDonnell.
“Nastasic, a £12million deadline-day buy from Fiorentina last summer, has now emerged as captain Vincent Kompany's first-choice defensive partner.
“He leads all Premier League defenders this season with a 93.65% success rate from his tacking attempts.”