Sunday, July 22, 2007

City lock horns with Reading over quality defender

Manchester City have targeted defender and holding midfielder Emerse Fae, trying to nudge out Reading who were very close to making a deal for the Ivory Coast international earlier this month.

With a deal not closed, City have smartly stepped in to try and land one of the better defenders playing in France. Fae will decide on a new club over the weekend as the club have made it clear that he can leave. Nantes were relegated from Ligue 1 last season. The 23-year-old is just too good for a lower league and looks set to move.

Lokomotiv Moscow have emerged as a late contender for the player, who are apparently offering good personal terms.

Reports in France emerged Friday claiming City club officials have held talks with the player late last week.

Reading have waited too long, plain and simple, regardless of an injury to the player. Fae handed in a transfer request at well over a month ago. Now, with new owners in the Premiership and money to spend, the player is spoiled for choice.

Fae has made exactly 100 appearances for Nantes and has been capped 14 times for the Ivory Coast, playing in ther 2006 World Cup and also in the last African Cup of Nations. Fae is a product of the Nantes youth academy and opted for Ivory Coast rather than his native France.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you do your research well, Emerse Fae is a holding midfielder!
Anyone worth their salt in sports journalism knows that!

7/22/2007 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you stupid cunt hes never been a defender

7/22/2007 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this guy just another of the 100,000 players linked with city. Elmander and castillo is who we are waiting for. 1 will do.

7/22/2007 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He plays both positions:

"Emerse Faé (born 24 January 1984 in Nantes) is a French-born professional football defender who plays for Nantes in French Ligue 2, and Côte d'Ivoire internationally."


7/22/2007 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Royals fan I can tell you the club have already said that they are not interested in him. He turned us down last season and once a player does that we don't bother trying to sign them again as they're not the kind of player we are interested in, I suggest you do your research next time before posting a story like this..............

7/22/2007 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last season, AND this season mate:


Sidwell leaving sparked another run at him.

7/22/2007 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sidwell leaving sparked another run at him."

Where are your quotes from the Royals? There are none, it's his club trying to drum up interest the oldest trick in the book, Nicky Hammond (have you heard of him) has been quoted as saying that we are not interested, end of!

7/23/2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another poor research job from the Football Commentator!! The guy is clueless

7/23/2007 1:32 PM  

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