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Ipswich to sign Bersant Celina from Manchester City

Manchester City'  Bersant Celina during the English FA Cup fifth round football match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London on February 21, 2016
Image: Bersant Celina is set to join Ipswich on a season-long loan

Ipswich have won the race to sign Manchester City winger Bersant Celina, according to Sky sources.

Sky Sports News HQ understands the Kosovo international has agreed to join the Sky Bet Championship side on a season-long loan and will complete the deal on Friday.

Celina had also attracted strong interest from Bolton but turned down the chance to move to the Macron Stadium following extensive talks.

The 20-year-old becomes Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy's first signing of the summer and will link up with his new team-mates for the start of pre-season at the end of this month.

ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS - JANUARY 20:  Bersant Celina of FC Twente in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Twente and Heracles Almelo held at
Image: Celina spent last season on loan at FC Twente

He spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan at FC Twente, scoring five goals and providing five assists in 27 appearances as the Dutch side finished seventh in the Eredivisie.

Celina joined the City academy at the age of 15 from Norwegian side Strømsgodset IF and signed professional terms with the club two years later.

He made his City debut in the 3-0 FA Cup victory over Norwich in January 2016 and went on to make a further three appearances under then-manager Manuel Pellegrini.

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Celina, who has scored one goal in six international appearances for Kosovo, is contracted to City until 2020.

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