Wilfried Bony signs for Manchester City in £28m deal

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Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony has completed a £28m transfer to Manchester City in a four-and-a-half year deal.

Bony is on duty for Ivory Coast ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

"It's a great feeling for me, it's a big honour to be here and it's a great challenge," the 26-year-old striker said.

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Wilfried Bony was the Premier League's top scorer in 2014

The two clubs agreed a £28m deal for Bony at the weekend, with £25m cash up front and £3m more dependent on how well he does at City.

"As a player it's always good to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it's a good opportunity for me to be in that situation now - I'm really proud," Bony told Manchester City's website.

"I felt excited to wait for this moment and now it's come, it's fantastic."

Top scorer

City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "He is an intelligent footballer who has skill and power. His goals record has been excellent since he came to England.

"He adapted very quickly to the game here and I think he will settle in at City quickly. We now have four top-class strikers and I am looking forward to seeing them work together."

Bony joined Swansea for a club-record £12m from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 and was the Premier League's top scorer in 2014 with 20 goals.

He has scored nine times in 22 appearances this season.