City linked with Spartak star

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Manchester City have reportedly joined the chase for Spartak Moscow striker Fernando Cavenaghi.

The Argentinian hit-man has been linked with a range of clubs during the January transfer window, and now reports in Russia claim that the 23-year-old has caught Stuart Pearce's eye.

Cavenaghi is believed to be ready to quit Spartak after failing to acclimatise to life in Russia, with a record of just 17 goals in 63 games testament to his struggles.

In comparison his record at former club River Plate read 55 goals from 84 games before his then Russian record transfer of ‚é¼12.5million (£8.2million) in 2004.

The likes of Milan, Torino, Bordeaux and Lyon have all been slated as potential suitors for Cavenaghi as he looks to end his difficult period with Spartak.

A proposed move to Racing Santander also reportedly fell through due to the Spaniards' refusal to pay ‚é¼2million (£1.32million) to loan the striker, with a permanent ‚é¼10million (£6.6million) deal in place at the end of the season.

Now reports in Russia indicate that Pearce is pondering whether to strengthen his goal-shy strike-force with the addition of the three-time Argentinian title winner.