Man City confirm late transfer deadline day departure

There was some late business conducted by Manchester City just hours before Thursday night's deadline.
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Manchester City's January transfer window has been dominated by departures - and that has continued up until the deadline after the Premier League champions confirmed the exit of defender Josh Wilson-Esbrand.

The 21-year-old has agreed to join Championship club Cardiff City on loan for the remainder of the season as the left-back makes the third temporary switch of his career. Wilson-Esbrand spent the second half of last season with second-tier club Coventry City before joining Ligue 1 outfit Stade Reims for the first four months of the current campaign.

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The England Under-21 international has made three senior appearances for Pep Guardiola's side after starting a 6-1 Carabao Cup win against Wycombe Wanderers in September 2021 before making substitute appearances in Champions League games against FC Copenhagen and Sevilla during the following season.

Speaking after completing the temporary move to Cardiff, he told the Bluebirds website: “I’m very privileged to be here. I’m happy to get to know the boys and help the team. I’m just looking forward to going out there and trying to push this team as far as we can get. For me, I just want to be as efficient as I can in the final third. I want to play as often as I can, rack up the minutes, rack up the games and as a team, just push as far as possible.”

Wilson-Esbrand could make his Cardiff debut when his new side travel to Championship rivals Watford on Saturday afternoon and will hope to make his home bow when Erol Bulut's side host Preston North End seven days later.

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