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Man City bid accepted by Everton

FOOTBALL By BBC | August 12th 2012

Manchester City have agreed to sign Jack Rodwell from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder, 21, will undergo a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday.

Rodwell, who is valued by Everton at around £15m, was last week named by Roy Hodgson in the England squad to play Italy on Wednesday.

City are currently without Gareth Barry (hip injury) and doubts remain over the future of Nigel de Jong.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said: "We consider Jack Rodwell to be a good, young player. He will be an important midfielder for the England national team and for us. We need someone who wants to win, is good tactically and is a good player for the future."

On Friday, Mancini said he was "not happy" about the club's reluctance to buy new players this summer.

Rodwell is Manchester City's only high-profile new arrival this summer, although the club have been linked with transfers for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger.

The 21-year-old will add depth to a City midfield department that is weakened with the absence of England international Barry and with uncertainty with De Jong stalling over a new contract.

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De Jong, 27, is in the final year of his current deal and has attracted interest from Bayern Munich.

Rodwell rose through Everton's youth system after joining the club at the age of seven.

He represented England at four junior levels before making his senior debut in the friendly win over Spain in November 2011, replacing Phil Jones as a 56th-minute substitute.

Three days later, Rodwell started his first full international, playing 58 minutes against Sweden before being replaced by James Milner.

-BBC

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