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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 January, 2004, 14:15 GMT
Man City sign Van Buyten
Daniel van Buyten
Van Buyten's father was a professional wrestler
Manchester City have signed Marseille's Belgian international defender Daniel van Buyten on loan.

City will pay a six-figure sum for the loan at the end of the season and have loaned David Sommeil to Marseille as part of the deal.

Van Buyten, 26, long linked with a move to Manchester United, has passed a medical and agreed personal terms.

"Looking at the whole situation, it's very good for both clubs," City boss Kevin Keegan told the club's website.

Van Buyten. who cost Marseille 7.7m when he signed from Standard Liege in 2001, will not feature in Sunday's Premiership match against Arsenal at Highbury.

City and Marseille may look at permanent deals at the end of the season for both players.

Keegan added: "Daniel moved to Marseille from Standard Liege for 7.7m. That's a huge fee for a defender, and I believe now that the Premiership will suit him.

"David Sommeil had several good seasons with Bordeaux, and moving back to Marseille is a big move for him.

"David has been very good while he has been here, and it wouldn't be a problem if he came back here at the end of the season.

"I just think that given our current situation with the way we are playing and the goals that we are conceding, we need a fresh face in there."






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