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Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

Phil KeidelContributor IIJanuary 7, 2014

Manchester City Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

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    With injury always a tweak away, is any squad really ever deep enough?
    With injury always a tweak away, is any squad really ever deep enough?Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini recently insisted his side is deep enough and strong enough to make a run at the four trophies City are still alive for without acquiring help in the January transfer window, per Richard Tanner of The Express.

    As Tanner wrote, "When asked about whether he would buy when the window opens, Pellegrini said: 'No, for the moment, we are not talking about that.'"

    But if Pellegrini looks quickly at two prominent Premier League rosters, he will see that too much talent really never is enough.

    First Pellegrini might peruse the team sheet of the side above his on the Premier League table.

    Arsenal just lost Theo Walcott for "at least six months," per BBC.com. Nicklas Bendtner is also out for at least a month, and Olivier Giroud has three goals in his last 15 appearances. The Gunners are loaded, but no team is invulnerable to the injury bug.

    Then Pellegrini can revisit his own squad chart. Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Micah Richards and Stevan Jovetic are all out injured. Jack Rodwell is healthy in the sense that right now he is between injuries. Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic both missed significant time this season.

    Meanwhile, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho have started and played a combined 37 of City's 40 Premier League matches thus far. That is not conducive to their continued health.

    This is therefore a fine time to take City's transfer temperature.

One More Stud Midfielder to City?

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    De Rossi loves the sound of his own voice, but he can play.
    De Rossi loves the sound of his own voice, but he can play.Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 7

    Manchester City buy midfielders the way popular musicians buy Maybachs and houses. Just because you can only use a finite amount of these commodities at one time does not erase the want for them.

    And as noted in the intro to this piece, some of City's midfield purchases (Jack Rodwell, Javi Garcia) just have not worked out.

    Samuel Stevens of The Independent has the solution: spend more money!

    "One area where the Citizens don't really need more options is in attack, but the midfielders behind sometimes look like they could do with a rest. Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler and Daniele De Rossi have all been linked but City's pragmatic manager likes to keep his cards close to his chest," wrote Stevens.

    Though if we are being honest with each other, one more really good midfielder at Pellegrini's disposal wouldn't hurt.

Joleon Lescott to West Ham United?

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    As seen here, Lescott is still a physical force in the Premier League.
    As seen here, Lescott is still a physical force in the Premier League.Jan Kruger/Getty Images

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 7

    West Ham United are interested in taking Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott on loan for the remainder of the season, per Danny Griffiths of the Metro.

    "Lescott wants to leave the Etihad Stadium for the regular first-team football which will boost his chances of being selected in Roy Hodgson’s England squad heading to the World Cup in Brazil in the summer," Griffiths wrote.

    Simultaneously noting Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is presently piloting the Premier League's version of the Hindenburg, Griffiths quoted Big Sam thus: "I don’t know if Joleon is available but if it is possible I would like to get him."

    Who knew Allardyce and Lescott were on a first-name basis?

    Also, if you can get a parlay on West Ham United getting relegated at season's end and Lescott watching the 2014 World Cup from his living room, get down on that as soon as you can.

Xabi Alonso to City?

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    "Put the money right here."
    "Put the money right here."Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 7

    To a degree, any Xabi Alonso transfer rumour has to be assessed with the same gravity as a Jennifer Aniston baby story. Even if it's true now, it's not like you haven't heard it be false before.

    Still, there is Alonso being linked to City (or another big Premier League club or three) by the Mirror.

    "The 32-year-old's deal with Real Madrid expires in the summer and he will walk away for free alerting a number of European heavyweights. And while rivals Manchester United won't go in for him in light of his Liverpool connections it is believed City are interested," the Mirror reported.

    Interested? Probably. Actually acquiring Alonso? Doubtful.

John Guidetti to Stoke City?

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    Guidetti has not been spotted often in these togs.
    Guidetti has not been spotted often in these togs.David Rogers/Getty Images

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 7

    It is truly remarkable how Manchester City striker-in-waiting John Guidetti is so well-regarded by the club and yet never plays for it.

    Writing for the Mirror, Tom Hopkinson expressed it thus: "The 21-year-old Swedish striker is highly thought of at the Etihad and boss Manuel Pellegrini wants him to go out on loan and continue his development."

    Hey, John, Pellegrini has good news and bad news. The good news is that you might finally get some first-team Premier League football experience. The bad news is that it might be at Stoke.

    "Stoke boss Mark Hughes (is) at the front of the queue for Guidetti," wrote Hopkinson.

    Maybe this means Stevan Jovetic is going to have a healthy, productive second half of the season?

    No, you're right...probably not.

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