Manchester City target Pepe and Osvaldo

Manchester City are ready to step up their summer recruitment drive with a move for Real Madrid defender Pepe and Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo.

City have already signed Seville winger Jesus Navas and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho but with new boss Manuel Pellegrini now in place the club are ready to make further moves.

Pellegrini is a big fan of Madrid defender Pepe and has made the 30 year old his top target.

The former Malaga boss is looking at his defensive options with Joleon Lescott entering the final year of his contract and Kolo Toure having moved on to Liverpool earlier in the summer.

A move for Pepe would cost in the region of £20million although Madrid would be reluctant to let the Portuguese star leave the club. The 51 times capped defender made 26 La Liga starts last season, 36 starts in all competitions scoring 3 goals with the fiery defender picking up 10 yellow cards.

Pellegrini and Pepe have previous experience of each other with the new City boss managing Real Madrid for a season in 2009.

City are also stepping up their hunt for a new striker with Roma star Pablo Osvaldo reportedly on their radar.

Tottenham Hotspurs and Atletico Madrid are also keen on the Argentine born Italian International but City are hoping to steal a march on both clubs following an initial meeting with representatives from the Italian club.

The 27 year old scored 16 league goals last season in 29 games but with no European Football on offer at the Stadio Olimpico the striker could be tempted to move to England.

Osvaldo could form a new look strike-force with reports from Spain are suggesting that City are closing on a deal for Seville striker Alvaro Negredo.

Seville president Jose Maria del Nido has confirmed that the La Liga club would be interested in selling the Spanish star although the cost would be in excess of £20 million.

City have expressed an interest in the 27 year old although it would appear that there are other clubs, believed to be Chelsea and Spurs interested with del Nido saying “There are two clubs in England who are interested in him and his departure could happen.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.