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Man City Want Southampton Pair as Manuel Pellegrini Looks to Increase Home Grown Quota

Etihad Stadium side line-up St Mary’s swoop.

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Man City have set their sights on two Southampton talents as Etihad Stadium boss Manuel Pellegrini seeks to increase his ‘homegrown’ quota according to the Daily Star.

Having seen Micah Richards move to Fiorentina, Jack Rodwell sign for Sunderland, Joleon Lescott leaving for West Brom and Gareth Barry making a free transfer switch to Everton it’s clear this is an area Pellegrini must address.

James Milner is holding out on signing a new deal and his potential January exit will further affect Man City’s ability to meet regulations on home-grown players and as a result the Premier League title holders are keen to conduct a St Mary’s raid.

Man City are keen on teenage midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 19 as well as forward Jay Rodriquez.

One wonders if either player would jump at the chance of a move to Man City, where no doubt the financial recompense is massive but the threat of career suicide is high.

Rodriguez in particular could struggle for regular football with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic ahead of him in striking pecking order.

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