Manchester City reportedly negotiating £30m swoop for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony

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According to various reports, Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign Swansea striker Wilfried Bony for £30m.

Manchester City, for all their wealth, have endured something of a striker crisis this season.

Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko have all been injured for large chunks of the season, making Manuel Pellegrini's decision to loan out both Alvaro Negredo and John Guidetti seem like a mistake.

A January move was expected, and now reports from a number of outlets suggest that a deal for Swansea City star Wilfried Bony could be drawing closer.

Bony, 26, smashed 25 goals in 48 games last season for the Swans, and has continued in the same vein this season too, scoring nine goals in 22 Premier League games under Garry Monk.

The powerful Ivorian has become one of the most coveted players in the Premier League, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all reportedly interested in a deal for him.

However, his desire for Champions League football means he could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium, with Sky Sports reporting that a £30m deal is being discussed between the two clubs.

"We are told the two sides are not far apart on the issue of valuation, which is in the region of £30m," said Sky's chief news reporter Bryan Swanson. "This could well move at pace and another source has told us that Bony is discussing personal terms with City."

Should the deal go ahead, Bony would link up with his Ivory Coast team mate Yaya Toure, but only after the duo return from the African Cup of Nations - meaning City wouldn't even get to use Bony for up to three weeks yet.

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