Stuttgart hope for Marica deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuttgart are confident of beating Man City to the signing of striker Ciprian Marica.Stuttgart are confident of beating Manchester City to the signing of Romanian striker Ciprian Marica.
The German champions have been negotiating a deal to bring in the unsettled Marica from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Marica is hoping to quit the Ukrainian side, but Stuttgart are struggling to broker a deal with Shakhtar.
Reports have claimed that new City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is looking to recruit the 21-year-old and would be prepared to meet the asking price.
But Stuttgart coach Armin Veh remains hopeful that the Bundesliga side can add Marica to the squad after the departures of Jon Dahl Tomasson and Marco Streller.
"It's no secret that we would like to sign Ciprian Marica," Veh told the German media.
"We are currently in negotiations and I am confident that the transfer will soon be completed.
"Even if that doesn't work out, we are prepared and have other candidates in mind."