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Santa Cruz on way out

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed Roque Santa Cruz is almost certain to return to Blackburn within the coming days and it seems Shaun Wright-Phillips will leave City too.

Mancini has already stated that Edin Dzeko will probably be the only new face arriving at Eastlands during the transfer window, so most of the attention around City this month is set to be on the players who will leave.

Wayne Bridge was first man out of the exit door on Wednesday, joining West Ham for the remainder of the season.

Leicester have signed Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu on loan until the end of the season.

The Championship club have confirmed they had reached an agreement with the Toffees which could lead to a permanent deal in the summer.

David Bentley insists he is not a "big-time Charlie" and has no axe to grind with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp as he looks to rebuild his career during a six-month loan spell with Birmingham. Bentley made a £15m move from Blackburn to Spurs two-and-a-half years ago.

But he has gradually slipped down the pecking order with the form of Aaron Lennon and the arrival of Rafael van der Vaart.

Now the 26-year-old wants to show the form that led to him being hailed as the new David Beckham during the early part of his career.

Irish Independent