Mark Hughes looks to spend even more money.
Manchester City will then pitch up at Upton Park and make off with Matthew Upson and Herita Ilunga, and as Gianfranco Zola is left to fight relegation with a crack unit of training cones, Mark Hughes will continue on his merry way over to Barcelona, where he’ll drop off Robinho and attempt to persuade Yaya Touré to come protect his brother out at Eastlands. (Guardian)
Mark Hughes has watched as his side has stuttered of late managing to draw their last five Premier League matches whilst those ahead of them have continued to open a gap ahead of them. Clearly the club is still pushing on nicely but the Man City boss is reportedly looking for more defensive minded players to help the club solidify their backline, which makes sense as the club has managed just one clean sheet in their last ten games in all competitions and that came at Birmingham City where Shay Given came to the rescue by saving a James McFadden penalty.
Making a move on West Ham players makes sense also as the east London club seems to be on a precarious financial footing. Matthew Upson has been linked with a move to Eastlands previously and has made overtures about wanting to step up in the game. Left back Herita Ilunga has adapted well to the Premier League following his move to Upton Park last summer from Toulouse and could also be tempted by a move to Man City.
Yaya Toure may be a harder nut to crack, especially after his agent rather disrespectfully ruled out such a move on the grounds that there were ‘much bigger’ clubs taking an interest in the Barcelona midfielder.