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Manchester City hopeful of signing Tottenham's Kyle Walker - sources

Manchester City are growing increasingly confident of signing Tottenham defender Kyle Walker this summer, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

England international Walker is among City's top targets this summer with City boss Pep Guardiola a big fan of the attacking right-back.

City are in the market for a new right-back this summer following the departures of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of the season.

Guardiola has used Jesus Navas and Fernandinho at right-back this season and the signing of Walker would go a long way to resolving the club's issues in that position.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest in Walker, but sources have told ESPN FC that City feel they are in pole position for the defender.

Tottenham are reluctantly considering cashing in on Walker this summer as they feel they have a ready-made replacement in Kieran Trippier.

Tripper started in front of Walker for Tottenham at the back end of the season in a sign that the club are preparing for life without the 26-year-old.

Walker, who posted a thank-you message to Spurs fans on his official Instagram account on Thursday, signed a new deal until 2021 last September at Tottenham and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is expected to drive a hard bargain if City are to secure his signature.

However, City are determined to bring Walker to the Etihad Stadium this summer as Guardiola looks to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League title next season and they are ready to pay a fee in the region of £45million.

Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.


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