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By ESPN Staff

Beasley looking for permanent deal at Eastlands

DaMarcus Beasley has declared his intention to turn his season-long loan into a permanent deal at Manchester City.

Stuart Pearce snapped up the USA international from PSV Eindhoven on deadline day in an effort to fill City's problematic left-sided midfield berth.

The deal marked the end of an on-off saga which had lasted since July and allowed Beasley to team up with former American skipper Claudio Reyna at Eastlands.

Frustratingly for club and player, a hamstring injury has prevented Beasley from making his Blues debut and although the 24-year-old is making good progress, tomorrow's trip to Blackburn may come just too soon.

A more likely debut is on home soil against West Ham next Saturday, when Beasley is determined to start showing he is worthy of an extended stay in the north-west.

'I am here for this season to start with but I would like to stay far longer,' he said.

'I have only been at City for a couple of weeks but so far, everything has been great.

'It seems a really family orientated club. Everyone gets along and ideally, I would like to be here for at least three or four years.'

On the face of it, Beasley's move was a strange one.

It is only two seasons ago he was playing alongside the likes of Park Ji-sung, Marc van Bommel, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Blackburn's Andre Ooijer in a Champions League semi-final.

Although all those illustrious team-mates have now moved on, Beasley might still have been figuring against Liverpool this week instead of working on his fitness at City, for whom, the chances of playing in Europe's number one competition are, for the moment, non-existent.

However, after working under Guus Hiddink for two years, Beasley did not find new coach Ronald Koeman to his taste, which is why he opted for a fresh challenge in the Premiership.

'I didn't see eye-to-eye with Koeman on certain things and I wasn't guaranteed a place in his starting line-up either, so I decided it was time to look for another club,' said Beasley, who began his professional career as a 16-year-old with Chicago Fire and his been part of the last two USA World Cup squads.

'City first expressed an interest in me at the end of July. It was on and off from then on until they finally came for me at the last minute with an offer I was happy to accept.'

Pearce's rookie status as a manager conflicts sharply with Hiddink's experience.

The Dutchman has one of the most impressive coaching CVs in the game.

At one stage he was heavily linked with the job of replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson as England coach, although, in the end, he opted for the task of steering Russia into the 2008 European Championships at England's expense.

'Without doubt, Guus is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with,' said Beasley.

'He knows the limits of every player, realises exactly what they can and cannot do and uses the information to get the most from them.

'Last season, PSV did not have the best team in Holland but we still won pretty much everything there was to win and Guus was responsible for that.

'Everyone at the club was sorry to see him go but I guess it was time for him to leave.'