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Manuel Pellegrini is considering a move for the Sampdoria centre-back, who was released by Everton in 2012, while Felix Magath will stay at Fulham even if they are relegated

MAN CITY TARGET MUSTAFI MOVE

Manchester City are ready to move for Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi, a player that David Moyes let go during his time at Everton.

The Manchester United boss deemed the centre-back surplus to requirements back in 2012 during his time at Goodison Park, allowing the youngster to leave on a free transfer after making just one substitute appearance for the club.

Mustafi, who is also a reported target for Juventus, has gone on to flourish at Sampdoria, making 31 appearances in all competitions for the mid-table Serie A club this season.

The 22-year-old defender's form was rewarded by Germany coach Joachim Low back in February, when he was called up to the national team for the first time for the friendly with Chile.

City are looking to bolster their defensive options with Matija Nastasic having struggled with injury all season and Joleon Lescott set to leave on a free in the summer.

- By Paul Clennam

FULHAM SET TO STAND BY MAGATH

Fulham are prepared to stand by Felix Magath even if he fails to stop them slipping down the relegation trapdoor in the next month.

The Insider understands that owner Shahid Khan, who has already sacked two managers in his sole season at the helm at Craven Cottage, has no plans to make it a third should the Londoners' attempts to manoeuvre themselves out of the bottom three fail.

Khan is prepared to give Magath the summer transfer window, and the first part of next season, to re-shape the team whatever division they are in next season.

There is an acceptance among the Fulham hierarchy that the club's recruitment in the last two windows has been less effective than hoped, most notably the January deadline signing of Konstantinos Mitroglou.

Khan, who bought the club from Mohamed Al-Fayed last July, is said to be focused on going straight back into the top flight should Fulham's survival bid be doomed.

However, Magath, who has spoken of his confidence that he will not become the third victim this season of Khan's impatience, following the dismissals of Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen, has succeeded in making Fulham a tougher proposition.

Consecutive wins over Aston Villa and Norwich City, prior to Saturday's defeat to Tottenham, have lifted Fulham to within two points of 17th-placed Norwich and given hope that a drop to the Championship can be avoided.

- By Wayne Veysey

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