City fail in Steed bid
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
City tabled a bid in the region of £4 million for the Frenchman.
Malbranque's future at Fulham has been the subject of speculation since last season.
The former Lyon ace endured a difficult campaign last term by his own high standards struggling to hold down a regular place in the side.
Malbranque also had a couple of rows with Fulham boss Chris Coleman last season, which had hastened reports that he could be on his way out of Craven Cottage.
City have money available to bolster their squad from the sale of Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea and they see Malbranque as an ideal replacement for the England international.
Despite seeing their initial offer rejected City are expected to come in a with a new one to try and lure him to Eastlands.
City communications chief Paul Tyrrell admitted that the deal was not dead.
"It is disappointing that our offer has been turned down but we still retain a strong interest in the player," Tyrrell told the club's official website.