BRAZILIAN midfielder Fernandinho has confirmed online that he wants to join Manchester City.
The 28-year-old has been a long-standing target for City, who are looking to bolster their squad ahead of the reported impending arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as coach.
Fernandinho (below) claims current club Shakhtar Donetsk are pricing him out of the market as they hold out for a fee close to the £42.5million (€50million) escape clause in his contract, which does not expire until 2016.
Having helped Shakhtar to another title, it is clear the player wants to leave in order to boost his chances of making Brazil's World Cup squad.
And, responding to a question on Twitter from a City fan, confirmed he wants to join the deposed Premier League champions.
When asked: "Do you want to join City? Please answer! Really hope you join", Fernandinho replied: "yes my friend!"
CARROLL'S FUTURE STILL UNCERTAIN
Andy Carroll maintains he has enjoyed every minute of his season-long loan at West Ham but the long-term future of the England forward remains unclear.
Despite only scoring seven goals, the 6ft 3ins striker proved a popular signing and earned a recall to the England squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
However, with parent club Liverpool set to be holding out for £17million, and with Newcastle and Monaco also said to be monitoring the situation, the Irons are set for some tough dealings if they are to secure the striker for next season.
Nevertheless, Carroll, 24, had nothing but praise for the time spent at Upton Park.
"I have enjoyed every minute of being here. I have just tried to play my best in every match, score goals and keep myself fit.
"Everyone has been so welcoming to me and I have been over the moon to be here. This is a great club."