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Boro close to Distin deal

15 Aug 2006 - 20:00:33

Manchester City have accepted an undisclosed bid from Middlesbrough for French centre-half Sylvain Distin.

The 28-year-old has rejected an offer to extend his stay with City and Distin will fall out of contract next summer.

Distin joined City in the summer of 2002 for £4million from Paris St Germain, having impressed while on loan at Newcastle United during the 2001-02 campaign.

In total he made 163 appearances for the Citizens, scoring just four times.

Boro have been keen to land a central defender ever since Gareth Southgate moved upstairs to become manager at the Riverside, having seen an earlier deal to sign Chelsea's Robert Huth fall through.


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