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Darius pops in.

No, no. Not the cheeky Scottish popster who appeared on our screens in the likes of Pop Idol, but Darius Vassell who is on the verge of signing for City from Aston Villa for £2.5 million subject to a medical.
It is a move that was rumoured on and off over the past couple of weeks but seemed to die a death after the signing of Andrew Cole last week.
However, Stuart Pearce clearly thinks that he can do a job for the Blues and moved swiftly to get him signed once the team arrived back from Thailand.
At this stage, I am very undecided how to view this signing. On the one hand, he has been an England regular (although he has lost his spot in recent games), has good pace, is only twenty-five and at £2.5 million is not a high fee to be pay for him. Added to the loss of SWP he will give us that pace dimension in attack that neither Fowler, Cole or Sibierski will really offer.
However, I can't help but have my doubts about the signing of him. He has in truth been prone to injuries over the past couple of seasons and with someone of his size and speed is likely to be troubled with hamstring problems. But, perhaps most worrying is his goalscoring record. He has scored only six goals in twenty-two England games and notched only three in twenty-one last season for Villa, unlikely to have himself described as prolific. I have never really been overly impressed with him as a player and the fact that David O'Leary stressed the sale was not financially motivated also concerns me.
I'm hoping to be proved wrong but at the moment the jury is still very much out on the signing of Darius Vassell.