Reports in Italy claim Manchester City have agreed a £5.7million deal with Fiorentina to sign Bulgaria striker Valeri Bojinov.

Bojinov, 21, has endured a difficult time in Florence since joining from Lecce - with whom he made his Serie A debut at the age of 16 - in 2005 for £10million. As soon as Luca Toni arrived later that year he struggled for regular first-team football.

"I hope I never have to come back to Fiorentina again," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport before flying home to Bulgaria with his agent at the weekend. England would be a perfect solution."

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