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City boss Mancini to bid for Kaboul

YounusKaboulA report in The Sun suggests that Manchester City are lining up a surprise move for Portsmouth’s 23-year-old centre-back, Younes Kaboul. Pompey’s resolve is likely to be tested with an £8million bid next week.

Roberto Mancini is keen to shore up his side’s defence and with Joleon Lescott expected to be out until mid-February and Kolo Toure’s departure for the African Cup of Nations imminent, he is need of reinforcements at the back. The Italian had been expected to look at players from his native Serie A, but Portsmouth’s Kaboul appears to have caught his eye.

Kaboul has been one of the few bright lights of Pompey’s season so far with some impressive performances and 3 goals already this season. The former French under-21 captain has become a key player for Portsmouth this year. He appears to have finally adapted to the demands of the Premier League after an indifferent spell at Tottenham. Portsmouth’s financial problems are well documented and they may not be able to resist an offer from Manchester City for one of their most prized assets.

Kaboul is a versatile player; he can also play as a defensive midfielder and could give Mancini more options in this area of the pitch. He is performing well at Portsmouth and enjoying his time on the South Coast, but a move to Eastlands would be too good to turn down. The new City boss is expected to spend significant amounts over January and Kaboul may not be the only player on his radar.

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