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AC Milan boss Allegri wants bid for Man City striker Balotelli

AC Milan coach Max Allegri has declared he wants to sign Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Allegri has given his tacit approval to a January bid for Balotelli, a self-confessed Rossoneri fan who has done little to play down reports he would like to return to the San Siro.

A winter move seems out of the question, though the 20-year-old recently only committed himself to Eastlands till the end of the season.

Milan were tipped to sign former City striker Rolando Bianchi from Torino as a stopgap in January before making a Balotelli bid in the summer, but Allegri insists he wants a superstar or no one this winter.

"In January the priority is a great forward," said the coach, who is short after a long-term injury to Pippo Inzaghi and continuing problems with Alexandre Pato. "I agree with (Milan chief executive Adriano) Galliani: either we find a top striker or we might as well stay as we are."

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