Dabo U-turns on City move
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
French international Ousmane Dabo has snubbed a move to Manchester City.
French international Ousmane Dabo has snubbed Manchester City, after talks with the club failed to bear fruit.
The 29-year-old midfielder is available on a Bosman free transfer after seeing out his contract in Serie A with Lazio, but it has now become clear he will not be moving to The City of Manchester Stadium.
Bolton Wanderers have also expressed an interest in the player, but that move has also been ruled out by the player's advisor Willie McKay.
"We are speaking to three clubs apart from City and Bolton," McKay revealed.
"Ousmane is one of the best Bosman signings available in Europe this summer and he has expressed his intention to play in The Premiership.
"He did admit he fancied playing at City, but now we are looking at other options and hopefully something will be sorted out in the next couple of weeks or so."
The news will concern the City faithful after their disastrous end to the last Premiership season, and only the re-signing of Paul Dickov to show from the summer's endeavours so far.
But boss Stuart Pearce thinks the 33-year-old former Blackburn Rovers striker will be an invaluable asset to join Andy Cole, Darius Vassell and Georgios Samaras in the squad.
"If every player possessed the same mental approach to the job as Paul, my job would be a bit easier," Pearce told the Manchester Evening News.
"He would have run me over and torn down the door to sign for this club.
"We know what we will get from him. He is a player with a top flight mentality and he will raise the tempo in training and in matches."
Sochaux defender Souleymane Diawara and former Leeds full back Ian Harte are the latest players to be linked with a move to Eastlands.