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City confirm Lampard deal

Frank Lampard will join up with Manchester City next week as he begins a loan spell with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Barry talks with Everton to continue

Everton are expected to hold further talks with midfielder Gareth Barry this week over a permanent deal at Goodison Park.

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Manchester City defender Lescott set for Baggies switch

Joleon Lescott - bound for the Baggies? Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is reported to be undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move to West Brom.

New Albion head coach Alan Irvine confirmed on Wednesday the midlands outfit were in negotiations over signing Lescott, who is out of contract this summer after five years with City, and it appears the deal is now moving closer.

The 31-year-old former Everton and Wolves centre-back looks set to become Irvine's first recruit since the Scot's appointment as Baggies boss at the weekend.

He worked previously with Lescott during his time on the coaching staff at Everton.

Irvine was the Toffees' assistant manager when the centre-back joined them in 2006 from Wolves - the club Lescott began his career at and West Brom's derby rivals.

Lescott has been linked with other Barclays Premier League sides, including Hull and Stoke, but it seems being reunited with Irvine is what lies ahead for the Birmingham-born player.

He made only 10 top-flight appearances for City in their title-winning campaign last term.

Manchester City start their season with a friendly in Scotland

Pellegrini takes his side north to face Hearts Credit: PA Pictures

Premier League champions Manchester City will play Hearts in a pre-season friendly as part of the Scottish club's Main Stand centenary celebrations.

The game, which will be preceded by an open training session involving both teams at Tynecastle, will take place on July 18.

City will then fly to the United States for friendlies against Sporting Kansas City, AC Milan, Liverpool and Olympiacos before returning for the Community Shield against FA Cup winners Arsenal on August 10.


Manchester City sign defender Sagna from Arsenal

Bacaray Sagna Credit: PA Pictures

Premier League champions Manchester City have kicked off their summer recruitment with the signing of Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna.

The 31-year-old, currently at the World Cup with France, has agreed a three-year deal having rejected an improved contract from the Gunners.

Sagna will officially join City on his return from Brazil and has been given the vacant number three shirt, which he also wore for Arsenal.

Despite the circumstances of his departure the Gunners sent their best wishes to the player, who made 284 appearances for the club after signing from Auxerre in the summer of 2007.

"Bacary Sagna has agreed to join Manchester City after his contract with Arsenal expires on June 30," said an Arsenal statement.

"An integral part of Arsenal's defence over the past seven seasons, the France international brought his time with the Gunners to a fitting close last month when he helped the team win the FA Cup in his final match.

Sagna joins City Credit: PA Pictures

"Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to thank Bacary for his fantastic contribution, and wish him all the best for the future."

Sagna will contest the right-back slot with established first-choice Pablo Zabaleta, widely considered to be the most consistent Premier League performer in that position for the last two years, and the Frenchman's arrival almost certainly signals the end of Micah Richards' career at the club.

City now have considerable strength in the full-back positions with Zabaleta and Sagna on the right and Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, who signed a new three-year contract on Thursday, on the left.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini is still trying to bring in reinforcements for the centre of defence with Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, as well as the Portuguese side's defensive midfielder Fernando, targets.

David Villa signs for Man City's US franchise NYC FC

New York City FC have announced the signing of Spain international David Villa Credit: New York City FC

New York City FC have announced the signing of Spain international David Villa on a three-year deal.

The newly-formed Major League Soccer club, who are jointly owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, confirmed on their Twitter account that the 32-year-old was their first-ever player.

The club tweeted: "Welcome to New York City: David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) officially signs as #NYCFC's first ever player. #VillatoNYCFC."

Toure 'not motivated by money' says agent

Yaya Toure Credit: PA

Yaya Toure is not motivated by money but instead by the pursuit of a long-term technical role at Manchester City, according to his agent.

The Ivory Coast international seemed to express unhappiness on Twitter after his agent Dimitry Seluk publicly claimed his client felt under-appreciated and disrespected at City. Seluk suggested that one of Toure's main gripes was the club's failure to mark his 31st birthday last week.

But in an interview with Sky Sports News broadcast on Thursday morning the Ukrainian claimed Toure would be more than happy to stay should he be promised a coaching position or sporting director's role beyond his retirement.

Seluk said: "Of course. Like Real Madrid did with (Zinedine) Zidane for example. Zidane played then after that he started working for the club. Yaya needs the club in the future.

We don't want any more pounds, not a longer contract, nothing like this, only really attention. More attention (paid) to Yaya and Yaya must feel happy at the club - that's the main thing. I'll tell you one more time, we don't need one more pound in the contract."


Confusion over Toure's Man City future

Yaya Toure has caused confusion over his future at Manchester City, by first dismissing reports he might leave the club, but then endorsing the comments made by his agent.

Earlier, Toure brushed off claims he might leave the Etihad because the club "didn't care" about him.

The midfielder made a joke about the club not acknowledging his birthday, and said to fans: "judge my commitment... by my performances".

Toure then, however, tweeted support for the statements his agent made, including there being a "big possibility" he could leave the club.


My agent was trying to make a point here on my behalf, joke aside.It seems important for me to make a statement..i am going to do so.


Everything dimitry said is true . He speaks for me . I will give an interview after world cup to explain

Toure: judge me by my performances on the pitch

Yaya Toure has responded to claims he wants to leave Manchester City.

The midfielder tweeted a joke about a birthday card from the club getting "lost in the post", after claims from his agent that City "don't care" about the player.


Thanks for all the birthday messages today. Card from City just arrived... Must have got lost in the post. Haha


Jokes aside. Please do not take words that do not come out of MY mouth seriously. Judge my commitment to @mcfc by my performances.

Yaya Toure's agent says player may leave Man City

Yaya Toure's agent claims the midfielder may leave Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City this summer.

Dimitry Seluk claims City have not made Toure feel valued and appreciated, especially on his 31st birthday which clashed with a party in Abu Dhabi to celebrate City's title win.

Yaya Toure's agent says the player doesn't feel appreciated at Manchester City Credit: PA Images

Seluk told The Sun: "There's a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer.

"What happened at his birthday meant the club don't care about him. It was proof.

"In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes.

"He's very upset and he started thinking of leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.

"It's not a question of money or contract, believe me. He has everything he needs. For Yaya what is the most important thing is human relationships.

"When your best worker has his birthday from time to time it's not bad to shake his hand. To make him feel valued and appreciated. They don't give any attention to Yaya.

"Toure signed a new four-year deal with City last season.

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