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Bowen reveals Citizens hunt
01 Oct 2008 - 07:41:35
Manchester City's assistant manager Mark Bowen has admitted that the club have already started to look around for major recruits for the January transfer window.
The arrival of new owners in the shape of the Abu Dhabi United Group has swelled the Eastlands coffers and Bowen is expecting some big-name arrivals in the New Year.
He told the club's official website: "We have people out there looking at names already, we will be travelling Europe over the next few months.
"We also have the chance, because we know what the budget is, to target players at the very top, so if you think you can get them maybe they will come.
"You can also do a lot of background work, a lot of our scouts might almost be like private detectives to see if a target might settle in with us.
"Are they likely to embrace what we do, not just on the pitch but on the training ground as well?
"The gaffer puts a lot of emphasis on training and if you are asking players to perform at the highest level of intensity, then bringing people in who just want to stand around at training counting the hours to Saturday might upset the balance as well.
"That homework has to be done. Possibly the hardest job will be careful selection of the players we bring in, but also moulding them into a team.
"You can't just point at the best players in the world, it does not work that way. You have to man-manage them and motivate them."