Manchester City have made a £7million move for Parma midfielder McDonald Mariga. Roberto Mancini has moved in to head off interest from former club Inter Milan and will offer City striker Valeri Bojinov as part of the deal.
Bojinov has been on loan at Parma and has proved a relative hit. City value him at around £4m and Parma are happy to accept.
City have moved for the 22-year-old Kenyan after growing frustrated in their bid for Real Madrid's Fernando Gago. Mariga is more combative than Gago.
He is 6ft 2ins tall and has more than 20 caps for Kenya after playing in Scandinavia. Parma are also in the process of signing Luis Jimenez permanently from Inter.
City's move for Roma right-back Marco Motta is on hold though as talks have hit a hitch over his dual ownership with Udinese.
City striker Benjani, meanwhile, will complete his £500,000 move to Sunderland today as revealed by Sportsmail.
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Despite late interest from Blackburn, the 31-year-old headed to Sunderland yesterday and held talks over the switch to the North East.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United are interested in signing Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy on loan.
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