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Man City Linked With Genuine Interest In Tottenham Pair

Etihad Stadium side keen on White Hart Lane duo.

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MANCHESTER CITY DESPAIR OVER MISSING SPURS PAIR

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker This column can reveal that City made an ­approach to Spurs for England defender Walker and Brazil’s Sandro

Tottenham right-back Walker and midfielder Sandro were another two targets Manchester City failed to land in the summer.

They were on City boss Roberto Mancini’s wish list, as he wanted to add another right-back and a defensive midfielder to his squad.

Walker, 22 and Sandro, 23, are regarded as young players with a big role to play in Tottenham’s future underboss Andre Villas-Boas.

SOURCE: Daily Star Sunday

Perhaps the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas helped to convince both Kyle Walker and Sandro that it was better for their overall career prospects to remain at White Hart Lane, knowing that the former Blues boss has a reputation for trusting to youth and perhaps a manager with a very bright future.

Roberto Mancini did in the end opt to sign Brazilian Maicon to fill the right-back role he had hoped to use Walker in and turned to Benfica enforcer Javi Garcia when the chase for Sandro ran dry.

Though Man City did spend a great deal this summer it was spending on a somewhat subdued level to that which has become expected of the Premier League title holders and indeed Roberto Mancini has complained about the lack of strength in his expansive squad up until a flurry of arrivals were secured in the final throes of the transfer window.

As well as the aforementioned pair Mancini also signed Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell from Swansea City and Everton respectively as well as young Serbian Matija Nastasic. The Italian also attempted to balance the books with the offloading of Emmanuel Adebayor, Nigel de Jong and Adam Johnson.

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