By Rupert Winter

MANCHESTER CITY have reportedly had their shock £13million bid for defender Daniel Agger rejected by Liverpool .


Agger reportedly informed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he does not want to stick around at the under-achieving Merseyside club, but is still undecided on whether to extend his stay in the Premier League or move to Spain.

However, the Liverpool manager has insisted that the player is going nowhere and despite both Real Madrid and Barcelona pursuing the star, neither have had their interests materialise into a formal bid.

City are apparently ready to offload Kolo Toure in order to make place for Agger in their squad, with the Ivorian defender targeted by Turkish club Bursaspor and Saudi Arabian outfit Al Hilal.

However, they reportedly do not want to sell Toure until they sign Agger, as they would run short of cover at the back if club skipper Vincent Kompany’s injury turns out to be more serious than first assumed.

The Belgian has flown back to Manchester half-way through the Citizens’ pre-season trip to Malaysia, and is hoping to return to fitness in time for the start of the new campaign.

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has revealed a desperation to sign at least four more players, suggesting that Man City will never be able to win the Champions League with the squad that they have currently.

“Defending the title should be our target this year,” said Mancini. “If we also go well in the Champions League, there could also be a chance that we can arrive in the quarter, semi-final or final.

“We will try to win it but it’s important, for this, that we have a good squad. But I don’t think we can play for the Champions League with this squad. That is my opinion, so for this reason we have to buy.”