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Thursday, 11 January, 2001, 10:07 GMT
Man City seal Nash deal
Stockport's Carlo Nash
Nash had been on loan to First Division Wolves
Struggling Manchester City have completed the 100,000 capture of Stockport County goalkeeper Carlo Nash on a four-and-a-half year deal.

But City boss Joe Royle insisted the signing was not a criticism of his current first-choice, England Under-21 star Nicky Weaver.

"This is not as a result of anything Nicky Weaver has done or not done recently," said Royle.

He will certainly give Nicky Weaver a run for his money
  Andy Kilner

"I think as a big club and as a Premiership club we need three goalkeepers."

The Blues were able to pick up Nash, 27, for a fraction of his value because he would have been out of contract in the summer.

And Stockport boss Andy Kilner believes City now have two of the best young goalkeepers in the country.

"Carlo's done a fantastic job for us," said Kilner. "I can say now that Manchester City have got two of the best young English goalkeepers at the club.

"There's been a lot of stuff talked about other young English goalkeepers in the country but maybe Carlo has not been mentioned because of the club he's playing at.

"City were fortunate in that Carlo was out of contract here and we were unable to meet his personal demands.

"But I'm delighted for the lad and he goes with our best wishes. He will certainly give Nicky Weaver a run for his money."

Meanwhile, City midfielder Jim Whitley has returned to Maine Road after completing just one month of a three-month loan deal.

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