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Wilfried Bony has confirmed that Manchester City are in talks with Swansea City over his £30 million transfer

Wilfried Bony has confirmed that Manchester City are in talks with Swansea City over his £30 million transfer

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Wilfried Bony has confirmed that Manchester City are in talks with Swansea City over his £30 million transfer

Wilfried Bony has confirmed that Manchester City are in talks with Swansea City over his £30 million transfer, with the striker's agent claiming the deal could be complete "in the next few days".

City are understood to have agreed personal terms with the forward over a contract worth around £100,000-a-week and are finalising the details of the deal with Swansea.

Bony travelled to Abu Dhabi, home of City's owners, last night to link up with the Ivory Coast for training ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Asked about his move to City, Bony said: "The discussions are going on. There has been no medical yet. It's good to hear (about City's interest). Every player wants to play in the Champions a League."

Bony's agent, Francis Kacou, said: "We are in talks. There are a few minor hold-ups over money, but we are confident we can do a deal in the next few days."

City are confident that the signing of Bony will not land them in any more hot water over Financial Fair Play.

Defender Matija Nastasic and winger Scott Sinclair are set to leave this month, but City say any departures are not linked to Bony's purchase.

Swansea have received interest from Crystal Palace and West Brom for Bafetimbi Gomis, but his £70,000-a-week wage demands are a stumbling block.

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer has hinted that Alan Pardew left Newcastle United as he had been told by owner Mike Ashley that he was going to sell the club.

Ashley is encountering opposition to his bid to control Rangers, not least from the Scottish Football Association, which has blocked an attempt to increase his shareholding at Ibrox because of rules on dual ownership.

There are rumours on Tyneside that prospective buyers have approached Ashley about a potential takeover at St James' Park, and former Newcastle terrace favourite Shearer has certainly added fuel.

It is understood that negotiations are under way and that the asking price is around £250m, but this cannot be independently verified and Newcastle's media department has denied it.

The talk is also been fuelled by a sense on Tyneside that Newcastle will not appoint a permanent head coach until the summer, which would suit new owners.

Elsewhere, Premier League strugglers Leicester City have signed sought-after Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric from Rijeka (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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