Manchester City 'evaluating' Holger Badstuber deal, Pep Guardiola says
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 07/01/17 10:32am
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted they could make a move for Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber.
Guardiola believes his squad is short of defensive options, especially considering they will compete across three competitions in the second half of the season following a 5-0 thrashing of West Ham in the FA Cup third round.
The Spaniard insists there are no names on the table yet but he will hold talks with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain in the coming days before deciding on their targets.
He said: "We are evaluating if there's a chance to take one (defender). I know Holger, he's a fantastic player, a fantastic guy, but he's a Bayern Munich player, and we should first of all speak with them and with him.
"Now, on the table, there are no names because we had a lot of games. But now we have 10 days until Everton, so we have time to discuss with Txiki, with the club, what is the best for the rest of the season.
"We have to speak about the situation. When we arrive now in the Premier League, in the FA Cup, in the Champions League, if something happens with the injuries we don't have enough.
"We have Nico [Otamendi], John [Stones] and [Aleksandar] Kolarov. Kolarov is a full-back, and of course we have Tosin [Adarabioyo], but Tosin is still young. Hopefully Vincent [Kompany] can help us, but Vincent in the last two years he was like this [with injuries]."