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Man City, Palace sign forwards as EPL clubs begin spending

The first day of what likely will be the busiest and biggest-spending transfer window ever seen in English soccer began with Manchester City and Crystal Palace signing forwards on Friday.

Spain international Nolito became City's second signing under new coach Pep Guardiola - after Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan - when he joined from Celta Vigo on a four-year deal. No financial details were disclosed, but British media reported the fee to be 13.8 million pounds ($18.3 million).

Palace then announced the club-record signing of Andros Townsend for 13 million pounds ($17.3 million) on a five-year deal, with the England winger ending his brief spell at Newcastle following its relegation from the Premier League.