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Whats this Lee Croft like,that Norwich just bought?

A decent winger that gives his all but just lacks a bit of pace and guile for premiership level at the moment. It's a shame really as I had high hopes for him a few years back but he doesn't seem to have realized his potential. Hopefully the move and drop down a level could get his career going again.

What's your team Colonel?

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Lee Croft - has an unusual record, something like the most capped for engerland at junior levels. He's got an incredibly big head - the players take the piss out of him for it - and he runs like a girl. Can't defend. But he's energetic, skilful, plays like a playground footballer, has an eye for an opening and is aware. Lacks a bit of raw pace. The biggest compliment that i could give him was that he became City's impact player off the bench. For some reason his enthusiasm got the crowd going, then the players and something always seemed to happen. I reckon he'll have a ball with Noooooorrrich in the Championship - must be one of the fastest frontines with Earnshaw and Darren 'Billy Whizz' Huckerby. Actually come to think of it he's like a young DH, with less pace.

With all our youngsters moving on, don't tell anyone but the best of our kids is Stephen Ireland (a young Chippy Brady)...i never told you!

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David James has asked to leave Manchester City following a bid lodged from Portsmouth.

The South Coast outfit have already made an offer for the 36-year-old goalkeeper but as yet have not concurred on a price for the England international.

James insists he has no problem with City, but rather, is eager on a move to the south where his fiance currently resides.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has stated his admiration for the former Liverpool custodian in the past few days but will seemingly now have to up his offer if he is to land his man.

"David James has expressed a wish to leave," said Pearce.

"It all depends on whether Portsmouth reach our valuation but in some ways I have to be prepared for the fact he will leave.

"I spoke with him when we were away in China. It is not an issue about Manchester City, there are other reasons why he wants to be in the south."

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A host of clubs are being linked with a move for Manchester City's Stephen Ireland.

The Irish midfielder made his big breakthrough in the City first team last season and he impressed a host of onlookers with his performances.

However, the 19-year-old is far from guaranteed a place in Stuart Pearce's starting XI - given the summer arrivals of midfielders Ousmane Dabo and Dietmar Hamann.

Now a number of clubs including Celtic, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest are understood to be looking into the possibility of landing Ireland.

The player's agent Lee Payne insisted the teenager was more than happy at City, but first team football was his main aim.

"Stephen is a very talented lad and has progressed so well over the last season," Payne told skysports.com.

"Obviously he wants first team football, but he genuinely wants that to be at Manchester City."

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Skysports.com can reveal Everton are lining up a move for Manchester City ace :o Antoine Sibierski.

Sibierski is available on a free transfer after dropping down the pecking order at City, following the arrival of several new faces at Eastlands this summer.

The news has alerted several clubs with the 32-year-old's free transfer status and his versatility making him an attractive proposition for any interested parties.

Everton are leading the chase for the skilful Frenchman and are hoping to lure him to Goodison Park.

Toffees boss David Moyes is a big admirer of Sibierski and tried to buy the player before he moved to Manchester City.

Sibierski came to the fore in France with Lens and Nantes, scoring a number of goals at Le Championnat level, and has shown his versatility in England by playing in several positions.

The signing of Sibierski would provide Moyes with a lot of options as he could play him anywhere across midfield, as well as providing cover for Andy Johnson and James Beattie in attack.

The player’s agent Willie McKay revealed Moyes is a fan of Sibierski and is keen to push through a deal for the Frenchman.

"I have spoken to David Moyes and he is great admirer of Antoine," McKay told skysports.com.

"He is hoping something can be done to bring Antoine to Goodison Park."

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Looks like James has all but gone (poor boy is desperate to get his leg over down there on the south coast), French Tony can go any time he wants (drive him down the East Lancs quick before Moyes changes his mind) but Stephen Ireland should be kept (who else has an ounce of imagination in this current squad) at all costs for the season but if he doesn't break through then he can go.

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Trabelsi is undergoing his medical at the moment and is expected to sign for City later today. Perhaps a little past his best but still a very good player.

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Saw Micah playing for the U21's last night, he look very assured and physically stronger than the rest. The future's bright, the future's Micah!

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Distin in the mix for Sunday

Sylvain Distin stands every chance of playing in Sunday’s Premiership opener at Stamford Bridge despite his uncertain future with Manchester City.

The Club accepted an offer from Middlesbrough for the 28-year-old defender earlier in the week, but Stuart Pearce has explained how Distin is still very much part of his plans against Chelsea.

“We've had an offer from somebody, he has been to talk to them but at the moment he can't agree personal terms. From my point of view, I'm quite happy.

“It won't be beneficial to me if this carries on until the end of the transfer window, but if it does go to the end of the window and he decides to sign his contract here, we'll be delighted.

“His focus on the training field has been as good as anybody, and if he is selected on Sunday that will remain the same. We have to consider him as a player for all our games, and we have never done any less with him.”

The Manager is as pragmatic as ever when discussing how, despite not wanting to lose one of his key players, he has to consider all possibilities regarding transfers.

“I've been talking with Sylvain about a new contract for 15 months, he's been to talk with another club but it might sharpen his focus, and he might come and say 'I want to stay with you'.

“With the Bosman ruling clubs have to look at all situations. From my point of view it's a win-win situation - if Sylvain leaves it enables us to free money up to invest elsewhere. If he decides to stay I've got a very good player on my books for at least another year and hopefully longer.”

http://www.mcfc.co.uk/default.sps?pagegid=...p;newsid=356108

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Chelsea tickets sold out 18/08/2006 14:54

City's allocation of tickets for Sunday's Premiership opener at Chelsea have now sold out.

There will be no seats on sale on the day of the match itself.

Youv'e got to hand it to our travelling fans. They must be the best in the EPL. 5,000 fans on average, travel to watch our boys week in, week out :o

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