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Man City ready to swoop for Drogba

May 15, 2009 14:32 IST

Manchester City is ready to make a 15 million pound swoop for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

City boss Mark Hughes made a firm inquiry about the Ivory Coast striker in January and, although he was knocked back, the Londoners admitted a summer move is a possibility.

Now, City wants to push through a three-year deal, worth around 150,000 pound a week, as soon as the window reopens.

Hughes is desperate to recruit a powerful front man after cooling his interest in Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz, The Sun reports.

Drogba's Stamford Bridge future was up in the air even before last week's foul-mouthed television rant following their UEFA Champions League knockout by Barcelona.

There is a split within Chelsea over whether to keep him or not but City's offer for a 31-year-old, who has been plagued by injury problems, would be hard to ignore.

Meanwhile, Hughes insists he has no fears about his future at City. The Eastlands boss said: "People talking about me and my job is just water off a duck's back.

"But from within the club I feel I'm getting some credit. I have two years left on my contract at the moment. My view is I'll be here next year," he added.

Source: ANI