Manchester City join West Ham in race for £3.5m Atalanta's Tiberio Guarente

18 May 2010 05:10
Manchester City have been linked with a move for Atalanta midfielder Tiberio Guarente as Roberto Mancini looks to add steel to his midfield.

The Eastlands boss almost signed McDonald Mariga from Parma and Real Madrid's Fernando Gago in the winter before settling on a short-term move for 33-year-old Patrick Vieira.

And with Mancini ready to go back into the market, Guarente's agent says City are among the clubs chasing the highly rated 24-year-old.

In the running: Atalanta's 5ft 11in midfielder Tiberio Guarente

Napoli have already made a £3.5million move for a player who was being touted around for more than double that a year ago - before Atalanta's relegation from Serie A.

Udinese and West Ham have also been linked, though the departure of Gianfranco Zola from Upton Park could have quelled the Hammers' interest.

When asked specifically about the interest of Udinese, Napoli and City, agent Giovanni Bia said: 'I know that these clubs have asked about him, but I don't know what will happen.

'The first to make a determined bid could get him, because in any case he will leave Bergamo.'

Guarente has a growing reputation as a box-to-box midfielder with an impressive left foot.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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