Charvet in £2m City switch

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Newcastle United defender Laurent Charvet is expected to sign for Premiership rivals Manchester City for £2m.

Newcastle United defender Laurent Charvet is expected to sign for Premiership rivals Manchester City for £2m.

Charvet has failed to settle on Tyneside and began talks with City today over a move.

It is believed Blues boss Joe Royle has agreed the fee with opposite number Bobby Robson. City are now discussing personal terms with the French defender.

The Maine Road club expects contract negotiations to continue into tomorrow.

City's chief operating officer Chris Bird said: "Laurent has arrived and talks have started.

"There's no rush and talks are continuing."

Charvet's arrival would take boss Joe Royle's spending to £5m inside seven days after he paid Everton £3m for Richard Dunne earlier this week.

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