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Manchester City owners in talks over buying stake in Belgian side KV Oostende

Holding company City Football Group already have shares in clubs such as Melbourne City, New York City and La Liga side Girona

Manchester City are in talks about buying a stake in Belgian club KV Oostende.

The Premier League leaders already own shares in clubs worldwide, including New York City and Melbourne City.

Premier League giants Manchester City are in talks about buying shares in Belgian side KV Oostende

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Premier League giants Manchester City are in talks about buying shares in Belgian side KV Oostende

The City Football Group already have shares in clubs such as Girona, New York City and Melbourne City

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The City Football Group already have shares in clubs such as Girona, New York City and Melbourne City

Holding company City Football Group also has stakes in Japanese club Yokohama, Spaniards Girona and Uruguayan outfit Club Atletico Torque.

Belgian talisman Kevin De Bruyne and national captain Vincent Kompany are part of Pep Guardiola’s squad.

And reports in Belgium claim Oostende owner Marc Coucke has held talks in London with City officials about selling his shares to them.

Businessman Coucke paid £72million for reigning champions Anderlecht earlier this week, and plans to relinquish his interest in the port city club.

Adnan Custovic’s side finished as runners-up in the Belgian Cup last season

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Adnan Custovic’s side finished as runners-up in the Belgian Cup last season

KV Oostende are currently sitting in 14th spot in the Jupiler Pro League

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KV Oostende are currently sitting in 14th spot in the Jupiler Pro League

Well-informed daily Het Nieuwsblad claims plans are in place to sell a 50 per cent stake to City, with a consortium of local investors holding the other half of the shares.

A City investment would enable boss Guardiola to send fringe players and youngsters across the Channel to gain first-team experience in the Jupiler League.

Several other Premier League clubs have struck partnership deals with Belgian outfits.

Royal Antwerp were Manchester United’s feeder club for several seasons, while Leicester recently bought second-tier OH Leuven.


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