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City Transfer Urgency Gathering Pace

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I've gone on record as saying there'll be no quick fix this month as we face up to the glaring facts of winning only one of our last nine league and cup games.

But immediate impact signings are clearly now required as an obviously deeply divided squad which I suggest is carrying some saboteurs, could well surrender again at Portsmouth.

Mark Hughes has obviously decided he cannot risk continuing in this shambolic state and the newswires are alive tonight with the breaking news that West Ham United's combative midfielder Scott Parker is in advanced talks with the club over a reported £12 million deal.

Once that signing goes through then Blackburn Rovers Roque Santa Cruz is next in line for Eastlands. That transfer will take £18 million and the dreadful Tal Ben Haim to realise. Arsenal defender Kolo Toure is also closing in on the radar. Moves for The Hammers' Craig Bellamy or Pompey's Jermaine Defoe cannot be ruled out.

As debated in our buzzing forums, Hughes looks to have settled upon convincing Blues Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak that he needs to bring in the likes of Wayne Bridge, Parker and RSC, players very familiar with the increasingly physical Premier League to help dig City out of the merde.

Meanwhile, we can only speculate that attempts to secure the signatures of the international superstars that Robinho has called for will be pursued as the icing on a more combative cake.

Of other Premier League experienced players linked with City, Shay Given is a signing many of us would favour and a move for Michael Owen over Craig Bellamy would always be the preferred option.

Abroad, the robust Dutch veteran Mark Van Bommel has issued something of a 'come and get me' statement at Bayern and his attacking young team mate Lukas Podolski is up for grabs at €10 million.

One things for sure, some of the players who have shamed the shirt at Middlesboro, Brighton and at home to Forest may never get the chance to do so again.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 4 2009

Time: 11:44PM

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Nicely summed up article :)
eighthsin
My fellow posters you might be interested to read this report about the players attitude. It complements the excellent article above. It is an excerpt taken from the Daily Mail by Ian Ladyman: "It is understood Hughes did not even give his side a particularly noticeable rollicking on Saturday. The Welshman is fed up with talking to players who, aware that they have no long-term future at the club, just stare back at him with blank, emotionless faces. On Saturday one player, who had played a major part in City's downfall, laughed with a team-mate as he took his post-match shower. Only a fortnight previously, a group of players, prominently featuring Brazilian Elano and Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim, called a team meeting with the express purpose of denegrating Hughes's tactics. One player - no longer in the squad - recently went to Cook to complain (unsuccessfully) about the manager. Against this background, it is clear why Hughes feels the need to shake up his squad and isolate those who appear to have lost the desire to play for him. Michael Ball, Didi Hamann, Elano and Jo would not figure in another Hughes team in his ideal world".
City Girl
Well if that's the case, it would explain one hell of a lot. I remember being livid last year when I spied Garrido and Sun acting the bollox giggling as they got on the coach for Thailand one day after the 8-1. - Hamman and Ball refused to warm up and Elano and Jo need no introduction. Anyone expecting a Robinho offski this year? Someone will be asking this question sooner rather than later so I'll ask it.
Johnny Baguette
....that question asked even though I rate him extremely high for the majority of his efforts this season.
Johnny Baguette
How much was Jo signed for? And with a big reputation too!
toffeetower
Frank Shinawatra and his mates pulled that signing off inbetween Svengate and Hughes coming in. The initial down payment was around £2 mill but when Sheikh Mansour came in and cleared all the club's debts it was a cool £19 million! Ironically, on here and elsewhere we'd been calling for Jo's berserking team mate at CSKA Wagner Love to be signed. You couldn't City it up, etc...
Johnny Baguette
I have always supported Jo how wrong I was. I would hand him back to CSKA tomorrow as they need a striker and swap him with Zirkhov. I think Robinho already knows he has a reputation as a trouble maker. Aware of this, he has been on his best behaviour at City and I can only see this changing if we do not sign the quality he is expecting and/or do not finish top 4 next season.
City Girl
Jo is not worth the money we paid for him and Hughesy has to get rid of the others metioned above before he gets the dressing room back. This week should be interesting, City's name mentioned with alomost every player going.
Buzz Lightyear
There were never rumours of a player revolt while sven, pearce and keegan were incharge. I wonder why the players dislike hughes. Maybe because he isnt any good. The results dont lie.
enzo city
Player revolt - I would buy an entire team of quality and drop all of the wasters and have them train on their own together. We could name them all and there are more than named above. I would make it public why they were not training with the first team. I would NOT sell them and allow them to pick up their careers elsewhere as we do not need the money. I would destroy their international careers and ability to play top level with not even a practice match while they are left to rot to the end of their contracts. The first team squad would see what happens when players want a free ride here and more importantly the young players coming through would see. We have not in recent times properly put our foot down with any player allowing the tail to wag the dog more than most clubs. It started with Distin being allowed to wind his contract down, Barton messing us around over his contract and misdemeanours, Richards and Johnson dragging their feet to sign when other teams youth players are jumping at signing for clubs such as Villa on lesser contracts than we pay, our own captain calling for player revolt midseason then negotiating with other teams while under contract and he gets a massive salary hike and keeps the armband, Vassell not ready to play with his earrings, making no effort choosing when to play...All this and more has led them to think they can make mugs of the club and us. Enough is enough surely.
City Girl
More news hot off the press. The door is now open to get Tevez. I have not heard this interview in Spanish so I cannot confirm the translation is accurate but here it is: >> "didn't like him (Ferguson) saying I didn't like the offer I was made because neither my agent nor me were given one,” Tevez told Radio del Plata. “I don't know anything on my future. United know what they must pay (£32m) if they want me to stay. “I want to stay but the club have not made any offer. I've been waiting for them for a year and a half. "If I have to quit the club, I want to quit on good terms." Amidst the speculation La Liga giants Real Madrid along with Arsenal and Manchester City have shown an interest in Tevez, with the Argentine claiming that he would sign for another club if they offered him a five-year contract. “Now all clubs are on an equal footing. If a club comes to me and offers me a five-year deal, I will accept it for peace of mind,” he added. “I will sign my last contract, and then I figure that I'll go back to Boca (Juniors.) That could be in four or five years.”
City Girl
 

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