Feature: The Word On The Street

Last updated : 12 January 2005 By Ben Collins
- The most interesting story today comes from The Independent, which says that Newcastle are prepared to offer Laurent Robert in exchange for Sylvain Distin.

City have already turned down a £5m bid from the Magpies but a creative player of Robert's ability most be very tempting for Keegan. However, the offer is said to hinge on whether Graeme Souness can sign Luis Boa Morte from Fulham.

- Next up is the return of Egyptian striker Mido. Back in the summer, he said he was keen to join either City or Southampton from Marseille, but ending up moving to Italy with Roma.

But the 21-year-old has been used sparingly in the Serie A and is once again is search of more first-team football. His agent insists there has been interest from Italy and Spain, while both Spurs and, again, Southampton, have made firm approaches.

He claims another Premiership club has also made an enquiry, but refused to name them. Is it City?

- Some websites have claimed that Marseille have stepped up their interest in Anelka, with Liverpool having almost completed the signing of Morientes.

The French club are believed to be offering Senegal striker Lamine Sakho to the Blues as a potential replacement. You may remember him from a loan spell last season at Leeds, where he scored once in 19 games, though he was mainly used out wide and as a substitute.

- And finally for today, Stephen Jordan has opened talks on a new contract. The left-back's current deal expires in the summer and the City board are keen to get him signed up, having proved himslef in the Premiership this season.

To think that Jordan almost joined Peterborough last summer after becoming frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities at City, but he chose to take up a one-year deal with the Blues and stick it out. "I think I made a good decision in the end to stay at City," he, quite rightly, told the City website.