Hughes plans transfer targets
Mark Hughes will travel to Abu Dhabi in two weeks to discuss his January transfer window shopping list.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 01/11/08 12:37pm
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will travel to Abu Dhabi in two weeks to discuss his January transfer window shopping list.
City will be aiming to put the last few games behind them as they go into their Bolton clash at the back end of just one win in their last five and eager to improve on their away form of one win all season.
After leaking 16 goals in 10 games, a world-class defender and another midfielder could well be on the list for Sheikh Mansour to fund during Hughes' meeting with the multi-billionaire owner.
"The transfer targets and our strategy for player acquisition has been presented to the owners," Hughes told the Daily Star.
"So, we are going to have further discussions along those lines.
"We are just planning to add to the quality that we have. I'm not going to go into details. I don't want to flag up any targets that we have. That would be wrong.
"In fairness, we are looking to be stronger in all areas and if we can bring in quality players, we will.
"I have always said we are looking to get the balance of the squad and of the team right. When I came here, for instance, we had nine or ten strikers," Hughes said.
"We have addressed that to a certain extent. Now, other areas of the team need addressing as well."
With first-class acquisitions Robinho and Pablo Zabaleta brought in for a combined fee of nearly £39million, Hughes' players know that money will be spent if positions need strengthening.
"Every day when players come to training I am making judgements on them," the City boss said.
"Everybody here has a great opportunity. If they understand that, they can grasp it and have a long future here, irrespective of who we bring to the club."
One player who is certainly making sure he stays on Hughes' teamsheet is midfielder Stephen Ireland. The 22-year-old has been instrumental recently for City and ironically cost nothing after working his way up from the academy ranks since the age of 15.
Hughes added: "If you play well you will always have a future here. The prime example I keep throwing in is Stephen Ireland."