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Friday 17 January 2020

Transfer Watch: City step up chase for Inter star Balotelli

MANCHESTER City have stepped up their bid to sign Mario Balotelli with an offer of £25.5m, rising to nearly £30m based on appearances.

The Inter Milan striker has been offered a five-year contract worth £50,000 a week after tax.

City also hope to conclude a deal for Aleksandar Kolarov after an £18m fee was accepted by Lazio. The Serbia left-back would replace Wayne Bridge, who may leave this summer.

Balotelli, who has three years left on his contract, has also been linked with Manchester United.

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Graham Dorrans has pledged his future to West Brom and snubbed West Ham's advances by signing a new long-term contract at the Hawthorns.

Borja ValerO has joined Villarreal on loan but is expected to complete a permanent move from West Brom next summer.

Blackpool are expect to complete their first signing of the summer in the next 24 hours when they receive a work permit for Dekel Keinan, the Maccabi Haifa defender.

Roy Keane's Ipswich have announced the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Conor Hourihane on a one-year contract from Sunderland.

The Ireland U-19 international joins after turning down a new deal with the Black Cats.

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Eduardo da Silva is on the verge of a £6m move to Shakhtar Donetsk after undergoing a medical yesterday. The Croatia forward has struggled to recapture his form since returning to the Arsenal team after suffering a broken leg two years ago.

Harry Redknapp is set to make goalkeeper Stipe Pletikoska the fourth Croatian at Spurs after agreeing to sign the 31-year-old from Spartak Moscow on a free transfer. "The best players I ever managed have been Croatian boys," said Redknapp.

Dan Gosling is on the brink of signing for Newcastle after being released by Everton. The 20-year-old midfielder left David Moyes' side in controversial circumstances this summer after an administration error prevented him from renewing his contract.

Gosling was closely linked with rivals Sunderland and West Ham, but Chris Hughton's newly promoted Magpies won the race for the youngster, who is expected to sign a four-year deal today.

Hughton is also looking to confirm the acquisition of former England defender Sol Campbell this week. The two parties are currently trying to reach an agreement over the 35-year-old's wage demands.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is considering the future of Greek international striker Georgios Samaras after receiving a bid from Spanish side Hercules.

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