Everyone in football knows that the busiest team in the upcoming January transfer window is going to be Manchester City. They are likely to live up to their tag as the richest club in the world by well and truly splashing the cash in the ‘post-Christmas sales’.
Considering their recent struggles, this is even more likely to be the case. Had Mark Hughes side been sitting in the top six, then he may well have been tempted to keep the spending at the minimum.
However, as it is, they sit 14th in the table with only one win in their last seven Premier League games. This means that they are only three points from the relegation zone and there is no doubt that they were expected to be a lot higher up the league at this stage.
The poor form of the team puts pressure on Hughes to spend, spend and spend a bit more. He needs to strengthen his squad not only to improve their season overall, but to make sure he stays in a job. If he was conservative in January and the form continued to slide – I doubt he would last long in February.
At least bringing in new faces can give the whole squad a lift. Not only that, but with the money at their disposal, it could bring in some world-class professionals as well. They are always helpful when you need to get a few wins under your belt!
Rather surprisingly though, the man who is rumoured to be top of Hughes’ January shopping list is Matthew Upson. The West Ham defender – who has been in fine form for the Hammers this season – is thought to be in Manchester City’s thinking as the left-sided centre back they need to improve a defence that has conceded 24 goals so far in the league.
Considering Upson’s performances for club and county of late, West Ham will be desperate to hold onto their man, although with Manchester City’s millions knocking on the door – it may be hard to turn them away. Especially considering that not everything is rosy in the Upton Park financial garden.
The 29-year-old isn’t the only man on Hughes’ wish list though as he is also interested in Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, Valencia’s David Villa and Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz. Should he manage to bring these three in, the football odds will surely back City to climb the table!
Hughes’ priority is sorting out the defence though and he is hoping this can be done with the £10m signing of Matthew Upson in a few weeks time.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting