Former Toon target Wilfried Bony set to make Man City debut against Newcastle

DEBUT ... Wilfried Bony.
DEBUT ... Wilfried Bony.

FORMER Newcastle United target Wilfried Bony is set to be thrown in from the start for his Manchester City debut against the Magpies on Saturday, according to a report.

The Daily Express claims the former Swansea City striker – who joined Man City for £28m in January – will immediately leapfrog Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic in the pecking order.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are set to face Barcelona in a crucial Champions League tie next Tuesday, and the Express claims City will use Saturday’s fixture to begin a strike partnerhip between Bony and Sergio Aguero.

Bony has just linked up with his team-mates after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.

Exclusive: Newcastle didn’t think Bony was good enough – now he won’t join them

The 26-year-old is a former target of Newcastle, and his agent, Dalibor Lacina, said United were unwilling to pay a £10m asking price for the forward two years ago.

Speaking to the Gazette last summer, he said: “I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn’t believe in him.

“They could have signed him for £10m, but they said they weren’t sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland.”