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EXCLUSIVE: Man City join the 5m race for Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses

04 Jan 2010 07:25:50

EXCLUSIVE: Man City join the 5m race for Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses

Manchester City will press ahead with a move for Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses this week. The highly-rated 19-year-old is expected to leave Selhurst Park this month with Palace reluctantly looking to cash in on the forward to help ease their money problems. Target: Victor Moses Brian Marwood, the Eastlands football administrator, held initial talks over a potential move for Moses last week but was taken aback by the club's £5million valuation. But Marwood wants to hold a second round of talks with Palace this week and will head down to Selhurst Park on Saturday to run the rule over Moses when Palace take on Bristol City in the Championship. The south Londoners have only received a bid of £1.5m from West Bromwich and doubts remain whether prospective suitors including Everton, Liverpool and Birmingham, will match the cash-strapped Eagles' valuation. But Palace chairman Simon Jordan is determined not to let a player he rates as one of the best teenagers in the world leave cheaply. Jordan has used Aston Villa's signing of Fabian Delph of Leeds - which was understood to be in the region of £5m - as the benchmark for Moses' price tag. Moses' agent, former Palace player Tony Finnigan, held constructive talks with Jordan over the weekend and says all parties - including Moses - are hopeful of striking a deal that suits club and player. But Finnigan insists he has no control over how much Palace will get for his client. He said: 'In my view Victor is worth £5m and maybe even more but I have nothing to do with what Palace will receive for Victor Moses. But from a personal point of view and as a former Palace player I hope they get the amount they desire for him. 'I hope Moses goes on to be the next household name - and he has the talent to do that - but at the moment Palace have to get a figure they are happy with. 'I sincerely hope the player I work with and represent can enable Palace to secure their financial future.'  Chelsea want Villa striker Heskey and Man City chase Inter veteran VieiraJoe Hart will remain a Manchester City player, laments Birmingham boss Alex McLeishIAN RIDLEY: Smarten up, Carlo, or risk becoming a fashion victim


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