Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has revealed he will do his utmost to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale in the summer.
“Last year Bale had already proved his value and now he has improved, so you’d need a lot of money to sign him,” Mancini has told the Italian press.
“He will be our strongest target – if Tottenham decide to put him on the market in the summer.”
However Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was quick to dismiss any potential move. “I can’t see how it will happen,” he told Sky Sports News.
“Gareth wants to stay at Spurs and we want to keep him. If you’re a club with high hopes you don’t sell talented young players like Gareth Bale.”
Bridge seals Hammers switch.
West Ham have completed the deal to sign Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge on loan until the end of the season.
The former England defender signed for City in January 2009, but lost his first team place due to the arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov and the impressive form of Pablo Zabaleta.
“It will be great to play a part in helping keep West Ham in the Premier League,” Bridge said.
“I am just looking forward to meeting everyone at the training ground, starting work and getting out on the pitch and playing in front of the fans.”
Santa Cruz poised for Rovers.
Manchester City misfit Roque Santa Cruz is poised to join Blackburn Rovers, according to the Guardian.
The Paraguayan has scored only four times since joining City in July 2009 and highlights one of the more negative aspects of the Mark Hughes era.
Lazio had been reported as his favoured destination but his family are settled in England and he is close to finalising a loan move to return to the club where he scored 23 goals in the 2007-08 campaign.
Santa Cruz has been plagued by injuries since his move to Eastlands but if all goes well, he could join Rovers in time to face City’s title rivals Chelsea on Saturday.