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Sun Apr 20 18:29:52 SAST 2014

Dzeko still a Bayern target

Sapa-AFP | 31 May, 2012 15:100 Comments
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Edin Dzeko of Manchester City poses with the trophy following the Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England
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Bayern Munich are lining up a bid for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko in the hope of partnering the Bosnian with their top scorer Mario Gomez, according to a report on Thursday.

Bayern shied away from media speculation linking them to Dzeko on Wednesday, however a report in Bild daily insisted the German giants have already been in contact with Dzeko and need only iron out his personal terms.

Gomez recently signed a contract extension with Bayern, the beaten Champions League finalists, that will keep him at the club until 2016 on an annual salary of nine million euros (seven million pounds, $11 million).

Bild, Germany’s biggest-selling newspaper, added that Dzeko was Bayern’s favoured choice but that the club had also scouted Frenchman Olivier Giroux (Montpellier), Dutchman Luuk de Jong (Twente) and Argentinian Matias Suarez (Anderlecht).

Bayern have already acquired a top striker in Peruvian Claudio Pizarro, 33, who signed a one-year deal after his contract with Werder Bremen expired.

Dzeko, 26, already has experience of the Bundesliga having played for Wolfsburg when they won the title in 2009.

In January 2011 he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with City.

City secured the Premier League title just over a fortnight ago, with Dzeko ending the season on 14 league goals.

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