Boateng to join Manchester City

Germany defender Jerome Boateng is set to join English Premier League side Manchester City from Bundesliga club Hamburg for €12.5 million, it was reported on Tuesday.

Boateng to join Manchester City
Photo: DPS

The 21-year-old, who has won three caps for Germany, is under contract at Hamburg until June 30, 2012, but the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper report the transfer to Manchester is set to go through.

Boateng’s advisor Jörg Neubauer told German agency SID, a subsidiary of AFP, that a decision is expected to be made soon.

If the centre-back joins City, he will be the third Hamburg player to switch to Manchester in the last two years.

In August 2008, Belgian international Vincent Kompany transferred to City for €8.5 million. Five months later Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong joined him in the north of England for €18 million.

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.