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Spurs rival City for shock striker swoop - agent

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Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City according to the player's agent.

The 30-year-old Serbian international is in high demand following his relegation from the Barclays Premier League last season, and is heavily expected to leave St. Andrews ahead of the new campaign.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been linked with a host of strikers in recent weeks as he looks to add to his attacking options at White Hart Lane this summer.

Having been priced out of moves for Emmanuel Adebayor and Mirko Vucinic, Tottenham could now turn their attention to Zigic, who would be available for around £6million.

Zigic's agent Milan Calasan confirmed Spurs' interest in his client, but revealed they will face competition for his signature from a number of rival clubs.


 

"A few English teams are showing interest in Zigic, but the obstacle now is his high wage at Birmingham," Calasan told Serbian publication Daily Blic. "There has been interest from Everton, Wigan and Sunderland, but they cannot meet the quoted price.

"Zigic certainly won't be playing in the Championship. There are clubs in England which are willing to meet the demands for him, and it is possible he will be continuing his career in the Premier League.

"Roberto Mancini admires Zigic and would love to see him at Manchester City. If Adebayour departs this summer, the transfer could happen.

"As for Redknapp, he is also heaping prasie on Zigic, but he already has Crouch among his ranks."

After the Citizens confirmed the signing of Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be in the region of £38million, it is unlikely they will be back in for another striker - certainly not whilst Carlos Tevez remains at the Etihad Stadium, leaving Spurs unopposed to move for Zigic.

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