Manchester City manager Mark Hughes wants to bring in five new players lift the gloom at Eastlands following their 3-0 FA Cup third-round defeat by Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest.
After his side’s shock exit, Hughes – who has already splashed £10million on left-back Wayne Bridge – targeted five more signings during the January transfer window.
“We need more players,” said Hughes. “We have brought Wayne Bridge to the club but maybe we need five more to complement the ones we have.
“Bringing players in during January is not easy but it is evident to everybody that number is probably the minimum we need.
“I recognise some of the players we would like to bring in are maybe unobtainable. But it is early yet and we will pursue targets we think will help us.”
City expect to conclude another £30m worth of transfer business this week by lodging bids for Scott Parker of West Ham United and their long-time target Roque Santa Cruz of Blackburn Rovers.
A £12m deal for Parker was close to being finalised last night and the Premier League’s richest club also believe they have finally achieved a breakthrough in their negotiations for Santa Cruz.
Other players linked with a January move to City include Craig Bellamy of West Ham, Jermain Defoe of Portsmouth, Arsenal’s Kolo Touré and the Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given.