Manuel Pellegrini believes the signings of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic have left Manchester City with the most lethal strike-force in the Premier League.

Negredo signed last week from Sevilla in a deal worth a reported £20.6m, while Jovetic completed his £22m switch from Fiorentina last Friday.

The talented duo join Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko to complete the fearsome attacking quartet, which Pellegrini believes is the strongest in England.

When quizzed whether he felt it was the best Premier League strike-force, the Chilean coach responded: "I think so, yes, very strong. That's correct. 

"I think we have very good strikers with Dzeko as well. They can play together or we can play one of them with Jovetic or Aguero.

"We have four very good strikers and that's very necessary if we want to play in the Premier League and Champions League as a competitive team."

Pellegrini was speaking after Manchester City's 1-0 pre-season victory over South China - his first win since being appointed as Roberto Mancini's successor - which secured the club's place in the Barclays Asia Trophy final, where they will play fellow Premier League side Sunderland on Sunday.

Dzeko scored the only goal of the game, heading in a James Milner cross mid-way through the first half.

The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, but Pellegrini is keen to keep the 27-year-old at the club as part of his four striker options, describing him as "a very important player".

Dzeko and his fellow strikers will be under pressure to fire City to glory this season, following a trophy-less campaign - with the exception of the Community Shield - which led to Mancini being sacked.

Whether the current Manchester City quartet can match the achievements of the club's former fearsome foursome of Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli - both of whom left this year for Serie A clubs - plus Aguero and Dzeko, remains to be seen.

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