Manchester City latest: Defender on verge of new deal; Ibrahim set for January switch

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The international break always brings with it a fresh wave of transfer speculation, if only to fill the many pages usually reserved for domestic and European matters.

And so it is that, despite England’s rapidly approaching match against Poland, Manchester City have found themselves thrown firmly back into the rumour mill.

Talk Sport reports that Micah Richards is a January target for Newcastle United – this after Roma were linked with the City defender at the weekend. But they have gone a step further, by suggesting four English clubs Richards would do well to consider should he wish to get sufficient game-time to make the plane to Brazil.

Along with the Magpies, the radio station also suggests that Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham would be good fits for the 25-year-old. Then again, he could stay exactly where he is.

One Blues player who is almost certainly on his way is Abdisalam Ibrahim, with the Mirror reporting that Crystal Palace are ready to renew their interest in the midfielder.

The Eagles were reportedly heading the queue for his services in the summer, but a move failed to materialise.

Earlier reports suggested Ibrahim was free to leave current loan club Stromsgodset if an offer from a Premier League club was received. But the latest story claims he will be allowed to leave once that loan spell finishes in December.

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The same newspaper reports that City youngster Reece Wabara will be offered a new long-term deal with the club, after a successful loan spell at Championship side Doncaster.

The 21-year-old's current deal expires in the summer, but Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be ready to offer him a new one, and a chance to break into the City first-team from 2014.

And finally, Stevan Jovetic has reiterated that he is happy with his summer move to the Etihad, despite injuries curtailing his early-season chances.

Revealing that Juventus were also interested in him, the striker told Tuttosport, “In the end, however, I chose to go abroad and now I’m happy. I don’t regret the choice I made.

Against England I proved to be in good shape, and now I just need to play regularly to find the best condition, I’m not worried.”

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