City close in on starlet

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Manchester City are set to hold talks with Nigerian starlet Macauley Chrisantus next week.

Eriksson set to hold talks with Nigerian youngster

Manchester City are set to hold talks with Nigerian starlet Macauley Chrisantus next week. The 17-year-old striker was one of the stars of the recent World Under 17 championship as he helped Nigeria seal the title. Christantus is currently plying his trade in his homeland with Abuja but a move to England could soon be sealed. The youngster's agent, Adam Mohammed, confirmed that he and the player are set to hold talks with Sven Goran Eriksson. "I can confirm Sven has written inviting myself and the boy for a discussion and we will be in England next week to conclude talks," he told the News of the World.

Work permit

Mohammed admitted that an application for a work permit could be a stumbling block, but he voiced his optimism that one would be granted second time round. "But there may be a snag with the issue of a work permit," he added. "However, if it is refused first time we will get it second time if the club appeals." Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax, Internazionale and Milan are also reportedly keen to snap up the youngster, but it appears that City have won the race to secure Chrisantus' services. Meanwhile, Eriksson has called on striker Georgios Samaras to utilise his strengths, which he believes are his ability to be a powerful target man. "Georgios has to decide what type of player he wants to be. He shouldn't be doing lots of tricks; he should be using his physical power. For me he is a central striker - and a good one," Eriksson told the News of the World. "There is a big difference between the Samaras that I see now and the one I saw when I arrived in July. He could have gone in the summer but said he wanted to fight for his place and I'm happy that he did."

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