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  Monday, 12 August, 2002, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Man City ready to secure Kerkar
Karim Kerkar
Kerkar is available under the Bosman ruling
The chairman of English Premiership side Manchester City has said money is available if the club's manager Kevin Keegan wishes to secure the signature of Algerian midfielder Karim Kerkar.

Kerkar has been on trial at the club during the pre-season period and performed well, scoring twice in a 7-1 over Tranmere Rovers.

He is available on a Bosman free transfer after his contract with French side Le Havre finished.

And Man City chairman David Bernstein said that if Keegan wanted to finalise a deal Kerkar's wages would not be problem.

"We feel that we've delivered on everything we promised in terms of adding to the quality of Kevin's squad in readiness for the Premiership season, but there is an exception to every rule," Bernstein told the club's official website, www.mcfc.co.uk.

"If the manager believes that Kerkar can add to the quality we have already got I am sure he will find us flexible."

The club already have one Algerian, midfielder Ali Benarbia, who was recently named the new captain at the club.

Ali Benarbia
Karim would team up with fellow Algerian Benarbia
Keegan has already signed Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivian Foe, French striker Nicolas Anelka and former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in preparation for the new season.

And Bernstein said that the signings were in preparation for a serious campaign in England's top flight.

"Relegation from the Premiership for Manchester City this coming season is totally inconceivable," he said.

"This club has serious ambitions and we have proved this summer with the exciting signings we have made."


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