Pearce eyes new signings
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Pearce has been trawling the continent in the search for potential New Year signings.Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has been trawling the continent in the search for potential New Year signings.
Pearce is keen to build on City's fine start to the season by bolstering his squad when the transfer window reopens in January.
With European football an aspiration at The City of Manchester Stadium, Pearce is aware his squad currently lacks the depth to make a sustained challenge.
To correct this, Pearce and his scouting team have been scouring the European leagues for prospective recruits.
"I have been making plans every day for the window," said Pearce.
"I have had scouts in Europe, I've been in Europe and the chief scout is in Europe on a daily basis.
"We are permanently looking for players and that's been the case since day one when I took the job.
"Sooner rather than later we will look at Bosmans and players you have got to pay fees for. We will look right across the spectrum in this country and abroad.
"We're short in the squad and it's been exposed a couple of times when we have had injuries in certain positions."
City have been linked with a renewed bid to sign Steed Malbranque, after Pearce took in Fulham's game with Charlton Athletic on Monday.
Pearce tried to snare the Fulham playmaker in the summer but refused to be drawn on whether he would make a fresh offer in the New Year.
He added: "I went to watch Fulham on Monday, so sorry about that. We play Fulham in a couple of weeks so I thought it would be wise."
The City boss has also been boosted by Antoine Sibierski and Stephen Ireland agreeing new contracts with the club.
"Antoine has signed again, it's an extension for another year," added Pearce. "We have also agreed verbally with Stephen Ireland to extend for another two years.
"At the moment, everyone who I have asked to extend their contracts in my short reign as manager have been extremely pleased to do so, and have the feeling they want to stay at a club like this.
"The future is looking a touch rosy which is good for me."