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De Jong close to City move

Dutch international attracted by Eastlands 'potential'

De Jong: City target

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Hamburg star Nigel de Jong is on the verge of signing for Manchester City after admitting his desire to play for a club with 'potential'.

The Dutch midfielder was considering his options on Friday after Hamburg claimed that City had lodged a bid, believed to be worth £15million.

And De Jong, who has made 30 appearances for Holland, has now confessed that he is keen to be a part of the emergence of City, who are owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group.

De Jong said in the Mail on Sunday: "Some people say footballers are thick and not bright enough to be entrepreneurs.

"But when I see that a company has potential, I move the borders and go all the way for it.

"Everybody knows that I want to play for a big club eventually. I count City in that category."