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Manchester City line up £30m deal for Swansea striker Bony

By Robert Jones

Manchester City are in advanced talks with Swansea City about striker Wilfried Bony, but are yet to table a bid for the Ivory Coast international.

The Welsh club's record signing joined from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 for just under £14million.

It is thought that if any deal materialises during the January transfer window, then it could be for up to twice that amount.

The 26-year-old agreed fresh Swansea terms in November, penning a one-year contract extension to keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2018.

He is due to leave today for international duty with The Elephants at the African Cup of Nations for at least the next three weeks, meaning any deal would most likely have to be concluded on his return.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini recently downplayed reports linking the Premier League champions with the striker, but he is notorious for pouring cold water on any speculation about the club's dealings.

The Sky Blues were without injured strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for the festive period and would benefit from extra depth up front.

However, any move for Bony would be complicated by the fact City currently have no more room to register non-homegrown players in their squad. Further changes to the squad would therefore be necessary and, with additional European Financial Fair Play restrictions in place, Pellegrini has indicated there is unlikely to be much movement.

Speaking during a press conference on New Year's Eve, Pellegrini said: "I think that is just one of the 20 or 30 names I have read from the beginning of the season until today that we are [supposedly] interested in.

"I don't think we are going to be too busy in this window. We have restrictions about the amount of money and about the number of players we can put in."

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