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Manchester City leading Everton and Spurs for striker signature

With Sven-Goran Eriksson dangling over the precipice at Eastlands, there has been no shortage of speculation surrounding who will be next Manchester City manager. Whoever takes charge may have to rebuild a squad to some extent, especially if Richard Dunne and Micah Richards are to leave the club in the summer.

The Times reports that Thaksin Shinawatra seems to have given up on Phil Scolari to be the next City manager and instead has gone after Zico, who currently manages Fenerbahce. There could be a real Brazilian theme materialising if this comes to fruition, with Elano already on the books and the Citizens in pole position to sign the highly-rated Jo.

City are highly confident of signing Jô, the 21-year-old Brazil forward, with their close links with Kia Joorabchian, his agent, establishing them as firm favourites ahead of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. “City are front-runners for Jô by a distance,” Joorabchian said yesterday. “Once their managerial situation is resolved, we’re pretty sure the deal will get done.”

City fans must be scratching their head at the moment. It had been thought that last summer marked a transitional period between the old regime and the new one. However, Shinawatra seems to be bringing about more wholesale changes, for better or worse?

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