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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Man City keeping their eyes on the Ball

Manchester City expect to make a final decision on Michael Ball's future later today - and all the indications are the former England international will join the Eastlands outfit on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Ball has spent the last week training with City after falling out of favour with PSV Eindhoven coach Ronald Koeman.

Blues boss Stuart Pearce has been impressed by the 27-year-old's efforts so far and with the transfer deadline looming tomorrow, seems sufficiently confident to hand Ball a six-month contract.

Although Ball was plagued by knee problems during an unhappy four-year stint at Rangers, he has been injury-free since his arrival in Holland two years ago.

Ball's arrival would fill the left-back vacancy created by Ben Thatcher's move to Charlton earlier this month and would give City added impetus as they look to tie up further signings over the next few hours.

City officials have apparently put all talk of Pearce taking charge of the England Under-21 side on hold until the deadline has passed.

They remain hopeful of signing another couple of players, with Tottenham's Mido and West Ham defender Paul Konchesky both confirmed targets.

However, there are obstacles in the way of each deal, specifically the fitness of Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov and West Ham's ongoing search for defensive reinforcements, meaning Pearce could yet be force to divert his attention elsewhere.

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