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Turkish giants Besiktas ‘determined’ to sign Manchester City striker in January

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony could be on the move again in January, with his loan move to Stoke having not gone to plan.

The 28-year-old Ivorian has made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Potters, scoring just 2 goals – a weak record for a player once considered one of the Premier League’s more prolific strikers during his days at Swansea.

His form at Swansea led to a £25 million-plus move to City in January 2015, but the forward could not adjust to the demands of Manuel Pellegrini’s side and struggled, leading to his loan move to Stoke last summer.

And now there is interest from afar in Bony. According to AMKSpor, Turkish champions Besiktas are ‘determined’ to sign the forward in January.

Besiktas would be willing to pay a loan fee to bring in Bony for the rest of the season, and club president Fikret Orman is expected in the UK next week for talks with City and Stoke over a possible transfer.

However, there could be another escape route for Bony. A clause in his loan move to Stoke allows him to leave Manchester City permanently in January for a Chinese Super League club, and with teams from China spending freely, that is still an option for him. City Watch has been informed by a source that City could earn as much as £40 million were Bony to agree on a move to China.

Besiktas fancy their chances though, and plan to open talks next week over a January deal for Bony.

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