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West Ham striker Bellamy ´set to sign for Man City´

SoccerNews in English Premier League 19 Jan 2009

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Wales striker Craig Bellamy is set to leave West Ham for big-spenders Manchester City, the Press Association reported on Monday.

The Hammers have accepted City’s bid of around 14 million pounds (15 million euros) for the 29-year-old and Bellamy was expected to complete a medical to clinch the deal.

The much-travelled Bellamy demanded a transfer to Tottenham on Friday after rejecting the offer of a new contract, but his club were unwilling to sell to their London rivals.

He was left out of the Hammers squad which defeated Fulham on Sunday, with manager Gianfranco Zola stating the player was “not in the right frame of mind”.

City have already had three separate bids for Bellamy turned down, and it was thought he would have preferred to join Spurs.

But with the Hammers refusing to do business with their city rivals, it appears Bellamy has accepted the lure of Manchester.

City boss Mark Hughes knows Bellamy well, both with Wales and at Blackburn, and has never had a problem with the player’s fiery temperament.

It is not expected there will be any problem with the player’s medical, and personal terms should be a formality too, given the amount of money City have at their disposal.

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