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Man City to confirm Tevez signing

Carlos Tevez
Tevez scored five league goals in 29 matches last season

Manchester City will confirm the signing of former Manchester United and West Ham striker Carlos Tevez at a 1400 BST news conference on Tuesday.

The Argentine, 25, left Old Trafford last month and will sign a five-year deal following a medical.

City depart for a three-match tour of South Africa on Wednesday.

"It's terrific news," said boss Mark Hughes. "He's an international of the highest class who possesses all the attributes to help drive us forward."

Hughes added: "This is yet another deal that shows the commitment of the owner to make this club the very best it can be."

Tevez, who will wear the number 32 shirt at Eastlands, spent a season with West Ham before joining Manchester United on an extended loan deal in 2007.

His move to Old Trafford ended a long-running saga following complications with West Ham's registration of the player.

He is not only outstanding technically but he is a reliable goal scorer

Mark Hughes

The Premier League has ratified all the paperwork regarding his move to Eastlands having been assured City have sole registration of the striker.

Tevez, the only player to win the South American player of the year award three seasons running, won the Olympic gold medal with Argentina in Athens in 2004.

He was at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson's side lifted successive Premier League titles, becoming a crowd favourite as he scored 34 goals in 99 league and cup starts.

Tevez will become one of a select band to have joined both Manchester clubs and he could re-visit his former club at the Old Trafford derby on 19 September.

"He is not only outstanding technically but he is a reliable goal scorer and someone who will contribute fully to the team ethic," Hughes added.

"He gives us another exciting, attacking dimension."

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United said in June that they were willing to pay the £25.5m to turn the striker's two-year loan move into a permanent five-year deal but Tevez decided to move on.

Speaking after Tevez's decision to leave Manchester United, the player's advisor Kia Joorabchian said: "He has to sign the next five years with a club he believes has got ambition to go forward in the Premier League, a club with history and one that really wants to achieve things."

Argentine international Tevez scored 15 goals last season but was often on the bench for key games and was wary of not getting enough first-team football ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Manchester City's summer spending so far has seen them sign striker Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn for £18m and Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry for £12m.

But a proposed bid for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o fell through - even though reports suggested the club was willing to make the Cameroon international the highest-paid player in the world, earning £250,000 per week.

There have also been rumours that Chelsea captain John Terry is on Manchester City's wish-list, although Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti insists the England defender is not for sale at any price.

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is understood to be in talks over a move to Eastlands.



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see also
Man Utd announce Tevez departure
20 Jun 09 |  Man Utd


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