ESPN: City set sights on Saido
- 19 October 2013 08:25
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
City already have one eye on January signings and West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino is one of Manuel Pellegrini's prime targets, according to ESPN.
Berahino’s recent form has caught the attention of many in the Premier League and Pellegrini has reportedly sent scouts to watch the striker in action this weekend.
“The England Under-21 forward has caught the eye this season, and is expected to play another starring role when the Baggies take on Stoke,” the website reports.
“The starlet, though, is reportedly only earning £850-a-week and City are set to pounce by offering him a contract simply too good to refuse.
“Berahino has scored five goals this season -- including a winner at Old Trafford against City's fierce rivals Manchester United - and added to his reputation with a brace for the England Under-21 side against Lithuania on Tuesday.”
After an action packed international break which saw Bosnia-Herzegovina reach the World Cup finals for the first time, Manuel Pellegrini says he wants to see Edin Dzeko shine before he boards the plane to Brazil next summer.
“Pellegrini is hoping to see the best of Edin Dzeko now he has led Bosnia to their first World Cup,” writes Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News.
“Bosnia’s 1-0 win over Lithuania on Tuesday confirmed their first appearance at a major tournament since becoming independent in 1992.
“Dzeko has scored four goals in eight games for City so far this season. And Pellegrini has challenged the 27-year-old to hit top form.”
With England also certain of their place at next summer’s tournament, Everton boss Roberto Martinez has again backed on loan City midfielder Gareth Barry for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
“Martinez has declared that Gareth Barry's experience and tactical awareness would be a valuable asset for England boss Roy Hodgson to call upon at next summer's World Cup,” claims sportsmole.co.uk.
“Barry has not featured at international level for 17 months, with the last of his 53 caps coming in Hodgson's first game in charge against Norway last May.
“Martinez believes that Barry still has plenty to offer Hodgson, particularly in a Three Lions squad which is increasingly full of more youthful options.”