Portsmouth encourage Man City to bid for Kaboul

Manchester City are being encouraged to bid for Younes Kaboul.

Manchester City are being encouraged to bid for Younes Kaboul.

The Mirror says Kaboul last night moved a step closer to joining Manchester City after Portsmouth invited Roberto Mancini to make them an offer.

City boss Mancini has lined up £8million pounds rated Kaboul as his first signing and Portsmouth are ready to cash in on the former Tottenham defender to help get their transfer embargo lifted.

Pompey executive director Mark Jacobs said: "It just depends on what happens, basically.

"If another club makes a silly offer for some of our players, which quite clearly they can, then there’s not that many people available in the January transfer window, as everyone knows.

"Those that are available take a bigger premium."

Kaboul, 23, has played 34 games - scoring four goals - since arriving at Fratton Park from Spurs in July 2007 in a £7million deal.