Manchester City abandon their attempts to sign Eto'o

Manchester City appear to have abandoned their attempt to sign Samuel Eto'o from Barcelona. According to a number of back pages today, the Premier League's big spenders had given the Cameroon striker until the close of business last night to decide whether or not he wanted to join the club for £25.5m.

However, it now looks as if Eto'o is set to become the latest high profile player to reject the chance to move to Eastlands and double their pay packet in the process. Franck Ribery, David Villa and Kaka are just three of the names that have been subject of abortive transfer bids by City this year.

The club's chief executive, Gary Cook, spoke about the potential deal for Eto'o earlier today: "Samuel Eto'o is undoubtedly a fine footballer but the circumstances surrounding him were such that the deal could not be completed. We now feel the time is right to pursue other avenues and we have a clear and strategic transfer plan, which we continue to follow."

The Citizens now look set to concentrate their efforts on signing John Terry from Chelsea. While the Blues have made it clear that the England captain is not for sale the player himself has not ruled out a move.

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