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Report: Manchester City aim to sign Marco Reus in January

FC St. Pauli v Borussia Dortmund - DFB Cup

HAMBURG, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Marco Reus of Dortmund celebrates after scoring a goal during the the DFB Cup match between FC St. Pauli and Borussia Dortmund at Millerntor Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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As Manchester City search for improvement after their struggles in European competitions, they are looking to the basement boys of the Bundesliga for a solution.

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That’s right, Borussia Dortmund are currently second from bottom in Germany (despite already qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League) and could face a mass exodus of their most talented players if they fail to qualify for the UCL next season.

One of those talents is attacker Marco Reus, 25, who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Reports on Thursday from German outlet Bild claim that City have joined the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Arsenal in the hunt for his signature.

The German international has scored four goals in eight appearances this season after suffering an ankle injury early in the campaign after missing the entire summer and Germany’s World Cup win through another ankle injury.

Reus’ pace, power and clinical finishing means he will be at the top of plenty of wishlists in January and it’s likely to be an all-out war for his services. With Dortmund losing five-straight games in the Bundesliga and currently 17 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, their talented squad could get broken up in January with some of Europe’s best teams also chasing defender Mats Hummels as Jurgen Klopp’s stars struggle domestically despite their success in Europe.

Let’s see who wins the race for Reus, as the speedy winger apparently has a clause in his contract which means he can leave Dortmund for $44 million in 2015 if any club makes that offer.

This could get very interesting.

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