Everything Manchester City need to know about new boy Godsway Donyoh

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Manchester City were not big spenders on deadline day, but they did complete a deal. Here's the lowdown.

It may not be a deal which will have the slightest effect on the title race or any aspect of City's season this year, but they did tie up a move midway through deadline day.

The signing was 18-year-old Godsway Donyoh - a player whose arrival continues an interesting trend in African football and a tie up with the club.

He was born back in 1994 when Uwe Rosler and Niall Quinn were wearing City blue - and hails from Ghana.

Rather than signing from a club, Donyoh had been learning his trade with the Right to Dream Academy, a registered charity in Ghana set up by a former Manchester United scout 14 years ago.

Since then hundreds of hopefuls have passed through the academy as scholars, with the ultimate aim of becoming a professional footballer - but if not then they receive enough academic grounding to have every chance of forging a successful career in their chosen field.

Donyoh is one of the lucky ones, who got a break to train with Swedish side Djurgardens IF - the side managed by the father of City legend Alan Ball back in 1979 aptly also named Alan Ball.

City struck up a working partnership with the Swedish side last year, with youth development guru Patrick Vieira visiting the club with representatives from Djurgardens paying a visit to Manchester in return.

After the Swedes took a liking to Donyoh, word quickly got through to City who yesterday elected to take the plunge on the teenager, loaning him back instantly to the club for the rest of 2013.

The 16-division Allsvenkan Swedish league runs from March to November, so Donyoh has a month to get up to speed and enjoy pre-season with the rest of his new teammates, rather than being plunged straight in.

He will receive far more chances of first team football in Sweden than he would at City, who can scout him at relatively close range and assess if he has what it takes.

After paying a small nominal fee for his services, he is a low-risk investment and City can't really lose, even if they end up selling him one day for a few hundred thousand.

Donyoh is a striker who is not 19 until October, and is not the first player City have signed from the Right to Dream Academy.

Back in 2010 they signed Mohammed Abu, loaning him straight to Norwegian side Stromgodset.

Abu is a 21-year-old midfielder who is yet to feature for City but is on loan at Rayo Vallecano, he is also a Ghanaian international with four caps.

Another notable graduate of the Right to Dream Academy is Waris Majeed, a 21-year-old striker who scored a phenomenal 25 goals in 30 games for Swedish side BK Hacken last year, being linked with Chelsea before clinching a £2.5 million transfer to Spartak Moscow this month.

If Donyoh can go onto have a similar success to Majeed in Sweden, then he will have a real chance of making it at City, and this deal will look like a stroke of genius.

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