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Manchester City English signings

Fabian Delph has followed Raheem Sterling in becoming the latest Englishman to join Manchester City's rich pool of talent.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at how City have fared in the recent past with some of the home-grown players they have signed.

JOE HART (£600,000 from Shrewsbury, May 2006) - Hart has established himself as City's number one goalkeeper despite intense competition in recent years, and is fast approaching 300 appearances for the club (HIT).

SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS (£9million from Chelsea, August 2008) - Returned to the blue half of Manchester after leaving for Chelsea in a £21million switch in July 2005, but struggled to rediscover his best form (MISS).

WAYNE BRIDGE (£12million from Chelsea, January 2009) - Bridge played just 58 appearances in four and a half years, and the latter part of his stay was spent on loan at West Ham, Sunderland and Brighton before he was allowed to join Reading on a free transfer (MISS).

GARETH BARRY (£12million from Aston Villa, July 2009) - Barry proved to be a key member of the side, making 175 appearances for the club in his first four seasons before spending the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Everton, whom he later joined on a free transfer (HIT).

JOLEON LESCOTT (£22million from Everton, August 2009) - Lescott was a regular for much of his five years at the Etihad Stadium, during which he made 160 appearances, but was deemed surplus to requirements amid stiff competition for starting berths last summer (HIT).

ADAM JOHNSON (£7million from Middlesbrough, February 2010) - Johnson spent two and a half seasons with City, but was a peripheral figure during the latter part of his stay and leapt at the chance to return to his native north-east and join Sunderland in a £10million switch during the summer of 2012 (MISS).

JAMES MILNER (£26million from Aston Villa, August 2010) - The ever-dependable Milner found new favour with current boss Manuel Pellegrini and left for Liverpool last month having 202 appearances, 87 of them as a substitute, during his five years at the club (HIT).

OWEN HARGREAVES (free from Manchester United, August 2011) - Viewed by some commentators as a potential bargain when he crossed the Manchester divide, Hargreaves was once again beset by injuries and played just 157 minutes of football (MISS).

JACK RODWELL (£12million from Everton, August 2012) - Touted as one of the brightest emerging talents in England, Rodwell was repeatedly hampered by injury during his two years at the Etihad, and was used in only 25 games before heading for Sunderland (MISS).

SCOTT SINCLAIR (£6.2million from Swansea, August 2012) - Another young player who headed for City with a blossoming reputation, Sinclair failed to make an impact with all but three of his 19 appearances coming from the bench (MISS).

FRANK LAMPARD (loan from New York City, August 2015) - Lampard was 36 years old when he arrived in a shock loan deal from partner club New York City last summer, but his eight goals - including a precious equaliser against former club Chelsea - proved his enduring quality (HIT).


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