Manchester City ready to poach Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in January

Manchester City ready to poach Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in January

- Pep Guardiola's City eye January transfer move for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

- The youngster has been superb for his side since the start of the season

- He was part of the team that handed the Citizens their first defeat of the ongoing season in the Champions League

Premier League champions Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele.

The 21-year-old midfielder played a key role in his side's slim victory over the Citizens in their Champions League opener last week.

Maxwell Cornet and Nabil Fekir were the goal socrers for the French League side while Bernando Silva's goal was just a consolation in that meeting.

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However, the Etihad Stadium side are now ready to lure the France international to the Premier League.

The Sun quoting Le 10 Sport claims Pep Guardiola earlier made a £44.5 million bid for the star but was rejected and the City boss is planning on improving his deal for the player.

Although, he picked up an injury in his side's 3-1 win at Dijon, Ndombele’s performances this term have apparently convinced Guardiola to keep tabs on him ahead of the January transfer window.

The Etihad Stadium outfit are said to be looking for a replacement for Brazil star Fernandinho. Ndombele is proving he is more than capable of controlling play from deep.

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But there could be competition from other Premier League giants, with Tottenham said to be keen after also having a bid rejected by Lyon over the summer.

Liverpool are another side who are interested in Ndombele, who could be the perfect replacement for the ageing James Milner. previously reported that Manchester City got their Champions League campaign off to losing start after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Lyon at the Etihad stadium on Wednesday, September 19.

The match saw City assistant manager Mikel Arteta stand in for Pep Guardiola who is currently serving a one-game suspension after being sent off in City's defeat to Liverpool last season.

Arteta's presence, however, failed to inspire the highly-talented Man City side as Lyon's two first-half goals condemned them to a defeat.

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