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Monday, January 3, 2011
City land Dzeko for £27m - reports

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Manchester City have reportedly agreed a £27 million deal to sign Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg and the sought-after Bosnian striker expected to arrive in England by the end of the week.

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Dzeko has long been a target for City but it is believed Wolfburg boss Steve McClaren's need for funds to strengthen his squad has helped bring down their asking price.

City just need to agree personal terms with Dzeko, who has reportedly asked for £175,000 in wages. The club is expected to negotiate a lower figure than that but Dzeko will still become one of the world's highest paid players.

Dzeko, who has been a goal-machine for Wolfsburg, has also been a target for Bayern Munich and Juventus but cash-rich City are near certain they will get the man they hope could make the difference in the Premier League title race.

The move is likely to have a flow-on effect at the club with 24-year-old Dzeko joining Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli among the preferred striking stocks, meaning Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz will have to look elsewhere to find regular football.

Jerome Boateng is convinced Manchester City will be signing a star performer if they can lure Dzeko to the club. From his own meetings with the striker, the German international acknowledges what a threat he can be.

"Dzeko is a very good striker,'' Boateng told the Manchester Evening News. "Of course, we would love to see him at City because he is a quality player. He played against Hamburg a few times whilst I was there - and he scored.

"I have marked him a few times and it is always a good, physical challenge. He holds the ball up well and knows how to use his body. He is not so quick but is very good in front of goal and would work well with our other strikers.''

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