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Duo eye up Manchester City starlet

ibrahim.jpgNewly promoted Hull City and Crystal Palace both have their sights on Manchester City’s promising young Norwegian midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim according to the Daily Mail as they begin their preparations for a first season back in the Premier League.

The Norway Under-21 international has been compared to the likes of Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira in recent seasons but is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer due to City’s change of manager and a £50 million spending spree that has already seen the likes of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas landed for the Citizens.

The £500,000 rated player spent last season on loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset and has a year remaining on his City contract, which means he’ll be available at a cut price fee should he be allowed to leave Manchester in the coming months.

Quite a few Premier League clubs have been linked with Ibrahim in recent seasons, including Swansea City, Everton, Newcastle United, Arsenal and Fulham, but Hull and Palace are thought to be ready to battle it out for his signature.

A loan option would also be of interest to both clubs, especially as they come to terms with the Premier League’s new Financial Fair Play regulations and the fact that they aren’t in any real position to starting splashing the cash on building a squad they think is capable of competing in the top flight.

The 22-year-old broke in to the City team in 2010 but has made just three first team appearances since then.

Will either of the Premier League new boys snap up Ibrahim this summer? Rate this rumour below.

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