Groningen are set to sign Manchester City defender Ko Itakura on loan until the end of the season.

Groningen general director Hans Nijland confirmed at the club’s new year reception that the club were close to signing Itakura, who will arrive at the club on Tuesday.

Manchester City signed the 21-year-old from Kawasaki Frontale earlier on Monday and have decided to immediately loan him out.

The centre-back has six caps for Japan’s U21 side and will join up with fellow countryman Ritsu Doan in the Euroborg.

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