De Jong close to City move
Hamburg's Nigel de Jong is close to signing for Manchester City in the January transfer window.
Last Updated: 18/01/09 11:34am
Hamburg star Nigel de Jong is on the verge of signing for Manchester City after admitting his desire to play for a club with 'potential'.
The Dutch midfielder was considering his options on Friday after Hamburg claimed that City had lodged a bid, believed to be worth £15million.
And De Jong, who has made 30 appearances for Holland, has now confessed that he is keen to be a part of the emergence of City, who are owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group.
De Jong said in the Mail on Sunday: "Some people say footballers are thick and not bright enough to be entrepreneurs.
"But when I see that a company has potential, I move the borders and go all the way for it.
"Everybody knows that I want to play for a big club eventually. I count City in that category."