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Garry Cook has reiterated that Manchester City will not be making a huge splash in the transfer market in January.

No huge outlay in January

Manchester City chief Garry Cook has reiterated that the club will not be making a huge splash in the transfer market in January. City have been busy reshaping their squad for the last three transfer windows, after the Abu Dhabi United group took charge in late August 2008. They spent £120million last summer, and although more money will be available to Hughes - the same sort of outlay is unlikely again. "January is always busy, busier for some more than others," said executive chairman Cook. "Mark has some thoughts and some plans but they are by no means as aggressive as they have been in the past. "We have a great squad of players that are just getting bedded in and we might find there is more speculation about what we might do than what we actually do." City's current form of five successive draws has seen their push for the top four take a hit - but Cook insists the club are happy with the side's performance. "We are not disappointed with what we have done on the pitch so far this season," he said. "It is not a great start but it is not a bad start - Mark Hughes has said that himself - we are right on target for where we want to be. "It is an open league this season and there are opportunities to be seized by somebody. "We have started to see the green shoots in many areas of the club after a lot of hard work in the past year. "But everyone is desperate for something to happen (in terms of success on the pitch) and we have put ourselves in a good position. "We are sixth in the table with a home Carling Cup quarter-final tie to come. "We have set higher expectations in a short space of time. I was talking to one of our fans the other day and he was telling me how he used to look at the table and try to figure out when we would get to 40 points. We don't think that way anymore."

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