Manchester City are reportedly in advanced negotiations with Jeremy Doku over a proposed transfer.

That’s come from Fabrizio Romano, as City search the European market for a new winger.

City have been looking to add a wide player to Pep Guardiola’s squad following the £30m sale of Riyad Mahrez to Al-Ahli last month.

The treble winners have been heavily linked with Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, but now it appears that they are focussing their efforts on Stade Rennais youngster Doku.

Romano: City in talks with Doku

According to Fabrizio Romano, negotiations with Doku – once described by Kevin de Bruyne as a ‘diamond in the rough’, are “advanced on the player side.”

The journalist has reported that City have been working on signing Doku since the beginning of August, although other reports claim that City have monitored the attacker since they saw him play in the KDB Cup in 2017.

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Romano reports that, following the £77.5m signing of Josko Gvardiol, the 21-year-old is City’s priority target along with West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

City are negotiating with the Hammers over a move for the Brazilian midfielder, although it won’t be an easy transfer to pull off.

West Ham are reluctant to sell despite the players reported eagerness to join City, and are reportedly asking for more than £87m.

MCN view: Winger should be the priority

City do have right-wing options already in the building in Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Cole Palmer, but all come with a caveat.

Playing Bernardo or Foden out wide would take them out of their preferred central roles, while Palmer is arguably not yet ready to be a regular starter.

Paqueta would be a great signing, but City aren’t short of midfield options despite the departure of Ilkay Gundogan.

Signing a winger would solve both needs on the wing and in midfield, but signing both would threaten the minutes received by the likes of Palmer and Foden.

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