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Manchester City launch whopping 15m swoop for West Ham's Behrami

22 Jan 2010 11:45:54

Manchester City launch whopping 15m swoop for West Ham's Behrami

Big money can't buy you love: Behrami is popular with the Upton Park faithful Manchester City have moved to strengthen their already burgeoning midfield ranks with a £15million bid for West Ham's Valon Behrami. The once-touted 'Switzerland's answer to David Beckham' has been a revelation since moving to Upton Park, but could be sold to raise much-needed funds for the relegation-threatened Hammers. West Ham's new co-chairman David Sullivan and David Gold have suggested none of their star players will be sold this month but such a cash injection could prove vital as Gianfranco Zola looks to strengthen his side ahead of thei fight for Premier League survival. Behrami, who cost the Hammers £5million 18-months ago, is popular withfans and has proved a valuable asset for the injury-hit squad, fillingin across midfield and in defence. However the Swiss international has also had fitness worries of his own. In March 2009 he suffered serious injuries to his knee and ankle playing against Manchester City and only returned to action in mid-September. Should Behrami make the move, West Ham are likely to cement their interest in Aston Villa's out-of-favour duo Luke Young and Marlon Harewood, the latter himself a former Hammer. Up front, they are keen on City's Benjani Mwaruwari, whom they tried to sign last year. International class: Another City target, Adam Johnson (right), is an Under-21 star The Eastlands outfit, meanwhile, also have their eyes Middlesbrough star Adam Johnson. City have made tentative inquiries about the wing-wizard but face competition from Chelsea, Sunderland and Wolves. Johnson is out of contract in the summer and Boro boss Gordon Strachan is expecting his star-turn to leave the Riverside. Sunderland were hoping to get their man for £3million but City could win the race with a £5m bid. Flamini will not join Man City, but Mancini confirms interest Real's GagoTottenham, Man City and Sunderland in £10m race for Portsmouth's KaboulManchester City flop Jo joins Turkish giants Galatasaray on loanSpurs in pole position to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy after Real Madrid striker turns down big-money offer from West HamEx-Tottenham and West Ham striker Kanoute calls time on his Mali careerWEST HAM UNITED FC


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