Mark Hughes will give up on signing Yaya Toure and Franck Ribery – temporarily – to sign important cover for Manchester City following their poor form. Hughes is without the injured Wayne Bridge and Joleon Lescott and is disappointed with the form of former Arsenal duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure which has led to him feeling the need to strengthen with proven Premiership players rather than marquee signings. The Times reports that Hughes targets are more modest than usual and that Hughes has lined up Fulham defender Brede Hangeland, West Ham midfielder Scott Parker and Tottenham winger David Bentley.
Hangeland has been courted by Arsenal recently with the giant Norwegian centre back looking like one of the best defenders in the league over the past couple of years. A recent contract extension was meant to ward off interest from elsewhere but money is no issue to City who will offer whatever it takes to get the big defender to Eastlands to help sort out their defensive woes.
Parker meanwhile has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool as West Ham’s current financial woes mean they will have to sell key players. Hughes has now added City’s interest to the midfielder as Gareth Barry is underperforming and Stephen Ireland, regularly picking up knocks, hasn’t been the player he was last season.
Bentley meanwhile worked with Hughes at Blackburn prior to his £17 million move to Tottenham. His career has stagnated at Spurs as he has been unable to get ahead of Aaron Lennon in the team selection which has made him want a way out of the club. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp reportedly wants to recoup the money spent on the winger but that wouldn’t be an issue for City who’s billions are funded by Sheikh Mansour.
In the modern age City are more often than not linked with giant names like Kaka, Gennaro Gattuso or Gianluigi Buffon. These targets mentioned seem much more realistic though and it would be no surprise whatsoever to see any of these players make the move to Manchester and all would prove good depth for Hughes’s side.
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