Defensive duo on City's wish list

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Ezequiel Garay rues a missed opportunity as Benfica lose at FenerbahceGettyImagesManchester City are rumoured to be interested in Ezequiel Garay (pic) and Eliaquim Mangala.

Manchester City are looking to buy either Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala or Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay as defensive injury woes continue to hamper the club. City captain Vincent Kompany is the biggest concern for Manuel Pellegrini, with the Belgium international out of action since Oct. 5 and not set to resume training until at least next week. And according to the Mirror, that is forcing Pellegrini into entering the market for Mangala or Garay. Both players have been linked with a host of clubs, but Eastlands is firming as destination for one of the highly rated duo.

Talking of defenders, Arsenal’s marauding left-back Nacho Monreal could be set for a return to La Liga with his World Cup spot slipping from view. Monreal joined the Gunners last January as cover for the injured Kieran Gibbs, but now that Gibbs is healthy and playing, Monreal has seen his first-team opportunities dwindle. And with fears that his lack of action could see him lose his spot with Spain for next year’s World Cup, Monreal could return to his homeland in the next transfer window. According to SportsDirect News, Valencia and Granada are interested in signing the 27-year-old.

Finally, SportsDirect News is reporting that Newcastle could sacrifice Papiss Cisse to QPR to secure Loic Remy. France international Remy has made a stunning return to the Premier League after relegation with QPR, scoring seven goals in nine appearances on loan with Newcastle. And according to reports, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will allow Cisse, who joined Newcastle from Freiburg last year, to join Harry Redknapp’s men in an attempt to sign Remy on a permanent deal.

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