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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 08:14 GMT
Man City seal Macken deal
Jon Macken is on the verge of Man City move
Manchester City have clinched a club record 5m deal for Preston North End striker Jon Macken.

City boss Kevin Keegan made his move to strengthen City's promotion challenge - and Macken will travel with the team for the promotion game at Birmingham.

The fee is a record for Preston, beating the 1.2 million pounds received from the sale of Kevin Kilbane to West Bromwich Albion in 1997.

But the deal came as a setback to Preston boss David Moyes, who hoped to hang on to Macken to strengthen his own push for a play-off place.

Macken was placed on the transfer list at his own request earlier this season and was strongly linked with a move to Wolves.

But they refused to meet Preston's 5m asking price and it appeared Macken would stay at Deepdale until the summer at least.

Now he is set to leave Preston and join Keegan's bid to take City back into the Premiership.

"We had an obligation to let the player know about such an offer," said Moyes.

"The opportunity for to be almost certainly playing in the Premiership next year would have been a hard one for me to deny him."

Manchester United will receive approximately 1m of the money from the sale of Macken, because of a sell-on clause when he joined Preston.

Macken was a trainee at Old Trafford before joining Preston in 1997.

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