Newcastle United’s rising star Nile Ranger is allegedly being tracked by City. The 18 year old striker recently broke into Newcastle’s first team
Asked about Man City's interest, Magpies boss
Chris Hughton said: "There'll always be speculation in football, but we've not had an official bid for Nile from anybody, and his future's here with us.
"He's still a young lad who only last year was playing in the reserves. He did very well at that level.
Reports in France this morning claim that Manchester City are in talks with Ligue 2 side AC Arles, to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between the two clubs.
A delegation from Manchester City will travel to France later this week following a number of recent meetings between the two sides.
Jean-Marc Conrad, president of AC Arles, said: "We have so far met several times but nothing is decided yet. We agreed that representatives of Manchester City will come visit our facilities, which will happen next Thursday. But it is really too early to talk of a reconciliation."
Speculation in French newspapers this morning suggests Manchester City will have first choice on any promising youngsters at AC Arles.
Whilst the English club may also send players on loan to France and friendlies between the two clubs may also become common.
Walsall have extended the loan spell of Manchester City defender Clayton MacDonald by a further month.
The 20-year-old has made six appearances for the Saddlers since he arrived four weeks ago, and he will now stay on at the Banks's Stadium until at least November 7.
When mobile phone operator Digicel joined forces with Manchester City in order to give promising youngsters from Central America the chance to compete for places at the club's academy, the man asked to find the best talent in the region was none other than Ian Rush.
Rush visited Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. He recommended a total of six young players to participate in a 10-day trial under the watchful eye of City youth coach Paul Power at the Platt Lane academy complex.
However, a Digicel source told Goal.com that players who are deemed worthy enough to join the Sky Blues' under-16 team will not only get the opportunity to finish their studies at a local school but housing and jobs will also be provided for their parents.
The source said: “Yes, although nothing is guaranteed yet, accommodation and jobs will be provided for the parents of children who make the grade.
“The young Panamanian goalkeeper, Kevin Melgar, is attracting a great deal of interest because he is very good. He has been trained independently to the rest of the players for half our sessions sporadically. The players will be there for a few days yet.”
When asked about Rush's involvement, the source confirmed that the former Liverpool striker's only objective was to pick the players.
He said: “Ian's remit was to simply find talent. The youngsters now have the opportunity to impress the City trainers and earn the right to stay as part of the team in that category.
"Also, all the youngsters will meet the local mayor and will watch a match at home as VIP. We are also working closely with Premiership club Sunderland, but in a slightly different capacity.”
When asked about the players, coach Power confirmed that Melgar was of particular interest, and seemed impressed with the attitude of the youngsters.
He said: “Performance-wise, some of the guys are ahead of the others. Kevin Melgar is an excellent goalkeeper and he is very agile… in the shooting sessions with the rest of the boys, he made some great saves.
“The two attacking players did well today and we’ll try and get a game going soon so that we can have a good look at the defensive players.
“Again, I was very impressed with their positive attitude - especially for some of them whose first time this is leaving their country.”
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City have been inked with a move for teenage striker Adama Diakite, Currently plying his trade with Serie B outfit FC Padova, Diakite, 16, has already been likened to former Juventus and Chelsea great Gianluca Vialli.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport suggest City have already made contact with Padova over a possible deal.
Reports indicate that the strapping striker has long been an admirer of the Premier League
As reported by MCRAA at the weekend, City have today announced the appointment of former Bolton player Scott Sellars as new coach for the U18's
The reserves forthcoming fixture against Bolton Wanderers has been re-arranged. The fixture has been moved back to Monday 11th January 2010 from its original date of Monday 9th November 2009.
The venue of Lancashire County FA remains the same.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, City have agreed compensation with Leeds United over the transfer of George Swan and Louis Hutton. Both clubs have come to an 'amicable private agreement' without the case going before the Professional Football Compensation Committee(PFCC).
No actual fee has been confirmed.
News reaches MCRAA today from a number of reliable sources that City are about to announce a new coach for their U18side, this announcement could be as early as Monday 5th October with existing coach Steve Eyre reverting back to an Under 16 role along with former City youth player Mark Maddocks
Former City player Mark Maddocks has joined the coaching staff at Citys academy. Mark was a former player for City's A & B sides in the mid nineties and joins the team from the clubs highly successful 'City in the Comminity'.
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