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Friday, 24 May, 2002, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Anelka agrees Man City move
Nicolas Anelka was dropped Liverpool
Anelka will grace the Premiership again next season
Paris St Germain striker Nicolas Anelka has agreed terms with Manchester City over a 13m move to Maine Road.

City announced that a deal - believed to be worth 35,500 per week - had been agreed in principle with the player and the French club.

The 23-year-old, on World Cup standby for France, will now undergo a medical this weekend in the hope that the transfer can be completed early next week.


We now want to go places with Nicolas on board
Man City director of football Dennis Tueart

City director of football Dennis Tueart and chairman David Bernstein reached an agreement with the player after taking him to see the club's new stadium, which will be used for this year's Commonwealth Games.

The sales pitch also included a video of last season's promotion highlights as well showing Anelka the medals Kevin Keegan won as a player.

"Kevin watched the situation unfold at Liverpool and once again his move for the striker is evidence of his ambitions for Manchester City," added Tueart.

"Nicolas is a very efficient striker. He will convert the chances and at 23 he is a maturing player. We now want to go places with him on board."

Tueart also played down any worries over Anelka's itinerant past as he moved from Arsenal to Real Madrid and then to PSG.

"Kevin has to manage Nicolas on a day-to-day basis and he is confident he can do that.

"We have looked at the player's age and his ability and are confident we can all move forward together."

The deal is likely to see Cameroon defender Lucien Mettomo moving in the opposite direction.

City expressed their interest in the striker after Liverpool decided against offering him a full-time contract earlier this week.

The former Arsenal and Real Madrid player spent five months on loan at Anfield last season, helping them secure runners-up spot in the Premiership.

In addition to the Anelka deal, City are also hoping to conclude a 4m deal for 22-year-old Argentine Matias Vuoso from Independiente as they step up their preparations for a return to the Premiership.

Peter Schmeichel
Keegan swooped for Schmeichel

With Mettomo rated at 3m, the 10m fee for Anelka will shatter the club record 5m City paid Preston for Jon Macken in February.

Striker Vuoso is expected to travel to England on Saturday to sign a four-year contract.

The player is due to have a medical on Monday, while City officials will check the Italian passport the player has possessed since 1999.

Manager Kevin Keegan has already swooped for goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and defender Sylvain Distin.

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