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Motta deal 'close'

Further to the reported bid for Adam Johnson, it has also been suggested that a deal for rumoured target Marcelo Motta could be imminent according to Sky Sports:

Roma and Udinese co-own Motta, but the Italian duo are willing to send him to England on loan as he does not figure in their plans this season.

Motta's representatives are believed to have held talks with City earlier this week and the former Italy Under 21 international is due to fly into England in the next few days to tie up the move.

The question with Motta is how much of an upgrade of the current players in the position will he be as we hardly short of quality in that area.

nother interesting point in the transfers and rumours we are involved in is that in general they have been for short term loans (until the end of the season). Does this suggest it is by no means guaranteed that Roberto Mancini will be with us beyond the end of 2009/10?