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Hughes sets sights on five

08 Dec 2008 - 11:57:13

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has revealed he is targeting five new signings when the transfer window reopens next month.

The Citizens have been linked with a host of leading players from across the globe following the takeover of the club by the Abu Dhabi United group earlier in the season.

City splashed out a British transfer record £32million to lure Robinho from Real Madrid on the last day of August.

But despite admitting problems when it comes to concluding major business in the mid-season transfer window, Hughes is hopeful of adding significant new faces to his squad.

City are reported to be on the trail of Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz, while further reports suggest players of the calibre of AC Milan's Brazil star Kaka are on their radar.

"We're looking for targets to balance the team," Hughes told the Manchester Evening News.

"There are a lot of players out there who people are getting very excited about - some huge stars but maybe not in the positions we're looking to strengthen.

"January is a very difficult window to negotiate for top players as they're inevitably involved with Champions League teams striving to win titles.

"To extract players from top clubs is very difficult as, quite simply, those clubs don't want to deal with you.

"The reality is that we have four or five positions to improve and we're working on it.

"There is a lot of speculation and the problem is that many people, agents, are trying to take advantage of it."

Meanwhile, Hughes has reiterated his previous claim that he and not the club's Middle Eastern owners has the final say over who arrives at Eastlands.

He added: "This club is going to change hugely. We want to be part of the best clubs in the world but the new owners do not tell us who should come or not.

"They just want us to communicate the names of the players we need and they give us the means to sign them.

"People are going to hear a lot of Manchester City in the next months and years.

"But, first things first, we have to have a balance and that winning mentality."


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