City complete double swoop

Duo granted work permits

Eriksson: Double joy

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Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is relieved to have completed the double signing of Valeri Bojinov and Vedran Corluka.

Bulgarian striker Bojinov and Croatian defender Corluka were both granted work permits to begin their Premier League careers on Thursday.

Neither player had met the strict criteria required for the permits, but Eriksson made a personal appearance at the pair's hearing in Sheffield and then received confirmation that they will be able to take up their contracts with City.

"We are talking about two extremely good footballers of enormous quality, and I'm delighted that the permits have been granted," Eriksson told the club's website.

Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Elano is hoping to receive international clearance in time to be available for the season opener against West Ham on Saturday.

Eriksson watches Hungarian

Meanwhile, reports from Hungary have also claimed that City had Balazs Dzsudzsak watched when Debrecen played Gyori ETO FC in their Hungarian First Division fixture.

Eriksson is then reported to have taken in the midfielder's performance himself as he featured in the game against Swedish side Elfsborg in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.