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West Ham boss: Man City are a 'wounded animal'

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is not bothered by how Manchester City will react to their slump, only that his own players produce the goods at the Ethiad Stadium on Sunday.

Big Sam expects a tough game at Man City. Credit: PA

A terrible run of form has seen City slip down into fourth place, their 4-2 loss to rivals Manchester United leaving Manuel Pellegrini's side well adrift of leaders Chelsea and now in a battle to stay ahead of Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification.

However, West Ham are also in need of some consistency, with a stoppage-time goal conceded at home to Stoke denying them what would have been only a third league win of 2015.

I am more concerned about getting the best out of my team.

Maybe City are a wounded animal and they might come out all guns blazing or they might be tentative. We won't know until the match starts.

We are expecting them to put in a determined performance in front of their own fans.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

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Signing Yaya Toure is 'just a dream' - say Inter

Yaya Toure remains 'just a dream' for Inter. Credit: PA

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed that signing Yaya Toure from Manchester City is 'just a dream'.

The Ivory Coast midfielder is a player Inter boss Roberto Mancini knows well after coaching him from 2010 until 2013 at the Premier League club.

Toure is under contract with the Blues outfit until June 2017.

"For the time being it's just a dream," Ausilio said. "It's good to have them and cultivate them.

"But we are looking to prepare something serious and important for the future.

"We want to build something that becomes a reality.

"It could be that he (Toure) wants to play in a different league.

"But he is a Manchester City player, he is in a very strong club that has no intention to let go of a player of that calibre."

Inter were 'so close' to signing Man City's Jovetic

Jovetic hasn't played much for Man City. Credit: PA

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed his club twice came close to signing Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic last year.

The Nerazzurri were looking to strengthen their attacking line last summer and made an approach to acquire the Montenegro international in the hope of luring him back to Serie A.

"We were so close to Jovetic," Ausilio told Sky Italia. "Not just last summer but in January, too.

"We pushed hard to get him but then an injury to (Alvaro) Negredo and the wish of the player to remain at City made the negotiations very difficult."

Spanish forward Negredo, who is currently on loan at Valencia from City until the end of the season, broke his foot last summer during the pre-season with City.

"I honestly had great hope," Ausilio said. "Jovetic is a player that we still like a lot but there's a problem.

"He is a City player and it's a very rich club."

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