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Bojinov joins Parma

Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov is back in Serie A after joining newly-promoted Parma on loan.

The 23-year-old Bulgaria international endured an injury-hit spell at Eastlands, making just three Premier League starts in two years.

Bojinov did look a talented prospect when fit, but the summer arrivals of three big name strikers means his playing time would have been severely limited next season.

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We are seeing more of these types of deal, where a loan is mutually beneficial to both sides.

Clearly his opportunities would have been limited during 2009/10, and the likelihood is that he is not entirely fully fit following his injuries.

From watching him during his time in Serie A, he is an absolute bull of a player so it is something of a surprise that he has been so fragile during his time with us, especially given how innocuous his injuries were.

I'm pleased this is a loan deal as it does still leave the opportunity for him to put his injury woes behind him, kick-start his career and return fully fit next summer. With a Parma side returning to Serie A and lacking strikers he should see plenty of action and the hope his he can get 25-30 games under his belt.