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Monday, 23 July, 2001, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Berkovic ready to be Maine man
Berkovic spent most of last season on loan at Blackburn
Berkovic spent most of last season on loan at Blackburn
Eyal Berkovic is set to tie up his 1.5m move to Manchester City from Celtic.

Berkovic, who will reportedly sign a contract worth 25,000 a week with the relegated Blues, is due to have a medical at Maine Road.

City have applied for a work permit, which should be a formality, and the Israeli international will be unveiled at a Maine Road news conference later this week.


Even if O'Neill was to come back to me now and say that I would be in his team every week I would tell him to forget it
Eyal Berkovic

City's chief operating officer Chris Bird said: "He arrives today (Monday) and he will have a medical and we'll then sort out his work permit."

Berkovic, who will become Kevin Keegan's third signing since taking over as manager at City, could not resist firing a parting shot at Celtic manager Martin O'Neill.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who cost the club 5.75m, fell out of favour at Parkhead following the Irishman's arrival last summer and was loaned out to Blackburn towards the end of last season.

Berkovic said: "Martin O'Neill didn't even speak to me before I went down to Manchester so I guess that tells its own story.

"Even if O'Neill was to come back to me now and say that I would be in his team every week I would tell him to forget it.

"I am pleased that I am finally going to a club that is warm and really wants me. Those were things that I didn't feel in my last season at Celtic."

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