Keegan call lures van Buyten
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Van Buyten is flying into Manchester later on Friday afternoon to tie up a loan switch to The City of Manchester Stadium with David Sommeil going in the opposite direction.
Both deals are until the end of the season with the option of making them permanent in the summer.
Monte-Carlo based agent Willie McKay, who brokered the deal between Man City and Marseille, admitted Keegan made a call to van Buyten to lure him to the club.
McKay, who represents Sommeil, believes that City have got themselves a sensational deal as a number of top clubs were interested in signing the Belgian international.
"Kevin Keegan had asked me about van Buyten and he made a personal call to him to persuade him to come to Manchester City," said McKay.
"This is an unbelievable deal for City as Newcastle were willing to pay é¼12 million for him last January before they signed Jonathan Woodgate.
"Both deals are loans with options of permanent moves in the summer.
"Marseille president Christophe Bouchet was willing to do the deal as he is a big fan of David Sommeil.
"He remembers that Sommeil was voted the best defender in France when he was at Bordeaux.
"Sommeil is happy to be going back to France as he is more suited to the French style of football."