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Clubs chase to snap up Leicester City man Bruno Berner – Leicester Mercury

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Telegraph.co.uk
Clubs chase to snap up Leicester City man Bruno Berner
Leicester Mercury
The Switzerland international says his future could be resolved before Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester City at the Walkers
Bruno Berner still set to leave Leicester CityBBC News
Leicester City exploit Swansea City's set-piece frailtySouth Wales Evening Post
Leicester City agree Parker feeFansFC.com
WalesOnline –Telegraph.co.uk –MirrorFootball.co.uk
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Mario Balotelli,striker,Manchester City,Leicester City,FA Cup – Leicester Mercury

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Mario Balotelli,striker,Manchester City,Leicester City,FA Cup
Leicester Mercury
Manager Roberto Mancini said: "Mario might be back for the FA Cup tie at Leicester on Sunday." Mancini is less confident about Spain midfielder David Silva,

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Bruno Berner,defender,Leicester City – Leicester Mercury

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Telegraph.co.uk
Bruno Berner,defender,Leicester City
Leicester Mercury
The Switzerland international says his future could be resolved before Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester City at the Walkers Stadium.
Bruno Berner still set to leave Leicester CityBBC News
Leicester City agree Parker feeFansFC.com
Leicester City exploit Swansea City's set-piece frailtySouth Wales Evening Post
WalesOnline –Telegraph.co.uk –MirrorFootball.co.uk
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Kyle Naughton out of Leicester City’s big FA Cup clash – Leicester Mercury

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Kyle Naughton out of Leicester City's big FA Cup clash
Leicester Mercury
During negotiations with Tottenham to extend the young full-back's loan stay, City were told by the London club that Naughton was

Will City slicker Fryatt have a goal-den eye for Tigers?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

It was a trademark Matty Fryatt finish as he picked up the ball in the penalty area, drew a defender out wide and scored with an emphatic finish.

The big problem for many Leicester City fans is that Fryatt’s goal on Monday came in the colours of Hull City and just nine minutes after he was introduced from the bench in a 3-2 win at Portsmouth.

So, Fryatt is off to a flyer following his £1.2million move from City – an early moment of elation and a far cry from his Leicester departure.

The striker slipped unnoticed out of the exit door at the Walkers Stadium, and the fans never had the chance for a proper farewell after he was omitted from the squad over Christmas as Hull’s interest gathered pace.

His final appearance was hardly the stuff of dreams – the last 25 minutes of the 3-0 defeat at Ipswich on December 18 as a substitute and running into a blizzard in the worst of the wintry conditions.

But then that pretty much summed up the topsy-turvy career of the 24-year-old striker.

Rarely has a player in the club’s recent history divided opinion as much as Matthew Charles Fryatt.

Some of the Blue Army revered him, others dismissed him as a player short of Championship quality.

It was the same with his managers. Nigel Pearson backed him to the hilt while Martin Allen and Ian Holloway virtually ignored him.

But players are judged on their records and, for all the talk of Fryatt the enigma, his five years at City garnered some pretty impressive statistics.

He already had 31 league and cup goals as a 19-year-old at Walsall when he signed for City for £500,000 in January 2006 and he then scored six times in 19 City appearances during the second half of the campaign.

The next two seasons saw a backs-to-the-wall fight to avoid and then suffer relegation and Fryatt scored just seven times. He was out-of-sorts and out-of-favour as the club slipped into League One in May 2008.

The arrival of Pearson changed all that. Fryatt rediscovered his scoring touch in the third tier with the cruellest observers suggesting he had found his level.

But his goal-scoring feats verged on the extraordinary as City climbed back into the Championship at the first attempt.

He became the first City player since Derek Dougan to score 20 goals before Christmas and netted successive hat-tricks against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup and Southend in the league.

He finished the season with 32 goals and was named League One Player of the Year.

Last season, in City’s rise to the play-offs, Fryatt scored 12 goals in 27 appearances and was on course for a 20-goal campaign when he suffered a broken jaw against Doncaster in February.

He returned for the play-off semi-finals and scored in the second leg of the penalty-heartache defeat at Cardiff.

This season, he managed just six league and cup starts, scoring four goals, but if he thought his time was up under Paulo Sousa, then Sven-Goran Eriksson made it clear he was going to have to fight to win a regular place as he had “better options” in attack.

Hull’s interest proved a no-brainer for Fryatt, particularly with Pearson at the helm.

City skipper Andy King, who has known Fryatt throughout his five years at City, is in little doubt about the striker’s contribution to the club,

King said: “I know what he has achieved here. He has been a great servant to the club. He scored a lot of goals in League One and got a few last season as well.

“I think he has shown what a good player he has been for Leicester.”

How good a player City are losing will become clearer in the next few weeks.

If Fryatt continues in a rich vein of scoring, then he will finally put an end to the myth that he cannot perform at this level. And the Blue Army, looking for another play-off push, will be hoping the club does not live to regret the day they sold him.

Mario Balotelli set to return against Leicester City

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is being pencilled in for a return to action against Leicester City in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at the Walkers Stadium.

Balotelli is out of tonight’s Premier League clash at Arsenal with a knee injury.

Manager Roberto Mancini said: “Mario might be back for the FA Cup tie at Leicester on Sunday.”

Mancini is less confident about Spain midfielder David Silva, who could be out for two weeks, also with knee problems.

“David has been an important player for us and has been doing well recently,” said Mancini.

“Hopefully, he will be back for the Wolves game on January 15.”

The Manchester City boss is also confident of completing a £20million deal for Wolfsburg striker Dzeko, top scorer in the Bundesliga last term.

“We have agreed a fee,” said the Italian.

“He is a good player and all the teams in Europe want him.”

Clubs chase to snap up Leicester City man Bruno Berner

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Leicester City defender Bruno Berner says two Championship clubs are chasing his signature.

The Switzerland international says his future could be resolved before Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester City at the Walkers Stadium.

The Mercury exclusively revealed last month that Berner wanted to leave during the January transfer window after becoming disillusioned by his lack of first-team opportunities this season.

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said on Monday that he wanted the 33-year-old left-back to have a change of heart, but Berner says his situation remains the same.

Berner said: “In a way, the last few days have been exciting. Two Championship clubs are knocking on the door already as they are aware of my situation.

“I have to see what Leicester are going to do now and it will be very interesting.”

Berner is refusing to sign a new one-year contract and said: “My situation is unchanged as my future is still not sorted out and I am in my final year. It’s Sven’s call now.”

Berner made his first start in 13 games against Swansea on Monday following the broken leg suffered by Greg Cunningham in last weekend’s win at Hull.

He received a terrific reception from the home crowd and scored in the 2-1 success.

But he said: “We have lost a very good, young full-back in Greg and I feel for him with his injury, but when Sven signed him and Kyle Naughton he sent out the message that he wants a team of young full-backs.

“I can see what he is doing and I would probably do the same if I was the manager because he is looking to the future and I am not getting any younger.

“I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few days but it is down to Leicester now. My goal is to sort out my future.”

Berner said he would never allow the uncertainty of his future to affect his performances.

“I was ready when needed against Swansea and the reception I had from the fans was great,” he said.

“I was pleased to score. I have done it a few times for Leicester but my main priority is to play games.”

Berner described the victory over Swansea, who were second in the table ahead of the contest, as “a massive win.”

He added: “Our target was to get in the play-off shake-up by January and we are doing that.

“We have also achieved back-to-back wins which helps us.”

Kyle Naughton out of Leicester City’s big FA Cup clash

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Leicester City will be without defender Kyle Naughton for Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester City at the Walkers Stadium.

During negotiations with Tottenham to extend the young full-back’s loan stay, City were told by the London club that Naughton was ineligible for the third-round tie.

Tottenham’s decision to make him unavailable suggests the Premier League club may be prepared to sell the 22-year-old right-back.

If City were to buy him, that could be one way to guarantee he is available for the Cup clash, but they would face a clutch of rival suitors.

It is a blow to City’s preparations with Naughton’s full-back partner, Greg Cunningham, now back at Manchester City to start his rehabilitation following the broken leg he suffered in Saturday’s win at Hull.

City are continuing to talk to Spurs about Naughton’s situation, while fellow loanees Roman Bednar and Curtis Davies have returned to West Brom and Aston Villa respectively.

Bednar was hauled off at half-time during the defeat at Millwall eight days ago and is unlikely to be in Eriksson’s plans again.

The situation is different with Davies, who remains a target for City but wants Premier League football.

Eriksson says he is targeting two more signings during the January transfer window. But he has reiterated that his criteria is only adding players who will improve the current squad.

Eriksson said: “It is always difficult to take in top-quality players and especially in January. We don’t need a lot of players in and, if we can get in two more players, we are okay.

“I am also looking forward to when they close the transfer window because I never thought I had so many friends among agents around the world. They are calling every day.”

The City boss has swooped for Hibernian and Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba in a £250,000 move, as well as confirming a loan move for Manchester City defender Ben Mee.

Leicester are also weighing up whether to sign South Africa striker Bernard Parker after a fee was agreed with Dutch club FC Twente.

Mee was on the bench for Monday’s Championship win over Swansea – which lifted City up to 12th in the Championship table – while Bamba did not receive international clearance in time to feature against the Swans but is set to play a part against Manchester City.

Eriksson moved for the pair following Cunningham’s horror leg-break at Hull and a delay in the manager’s attempts to secure longer loan stays for Davies and Naughton.

“I thought it was important we took in defenders,” said Eriksson.

“We have lost Greg unfortunately and we don’t know about Naughton and Davies, and I don’t know when Miguel Vitor (hamstring) will be back either.”

Eriksson has likened 25-year-old Bamba’s playing style to that of Davies, who is currently injured.

The City boss included Bamba in his provisional World Cup squad when he was in charge of the Ivory Coast for last summer’s tournament, and he appeared in Eriksson’s first match in charge, a 2-2 friendly draw against Paraguay.

However, Bamba, who started his professional career with French club Paris Saint-Germain, did not make the final 23-man squad.

Bamba has made 75 appearances for Hibs following a previous two-season stay at Dunfermline.

Eriksson said: “He is a little bit similar to Davies. He is strong, a good header of the ball and rather quick.

“Technically, he is not Franz Beckenbauer but he is certainly okay.”

Mee has arrived at the Walkers Stadium on loan until the end of the season.

He was a member of the Manchester City side which won the FA Youth Cup when Eriksson was in charge at Eastlands.

Eriksson said: “Ben is strong and not that tall, but he is a fantastic football player.

“He has a great left foot and can play centre-half and left-back as well.”

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