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Transfer Window: Day 19

  • 19 January 2013 08:36
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Roberto Mancini has ruled out making any big money signings in the January transfer window.

The Italian believes that market conditions in January make it impossible to get value but admits he would be interested in talented players for the future.

One such prospect is reportedly PSG’s Hervin Ongenda, who faced off against City EDS in the NextGen Series earlier this season.

“The 17-year-old has impressed playing for his club's U19s and has already attracted attention from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United,” the story reads.

“He made his first team debut in a Coupe de France tie against Arras earlier this month.”

This kind of deal would seemingly fit the bill for Mancini, as he has ruled out making any big-name signings in this January transfer window.

"In January it is difficult to take good players," he said. "There is no one club that can sell good players in January.

"Maybe we can find young players. If we have this chance in the next 10-12 days, probably we can do something but I am not sure."

Elsewhere, Joleon Lescott has been discussing Vincent Kompany’s rescinded red card last weekend and draws on his own experience, casting his mind back to his last sending off - over a decade ago.


“The only straight red card I have had was against City at Maine Road [in December 2001],” Lescott recalls. “That was never a foul either.

“I was playing for Wolves, it was only my second season, and it was an incident with Ali Benarbia. He made a meal of it after I tackled him, so that didn’t help the situation.

“I was also sent off in my first season for Wolves, against Oxford for two yellows, so I’ve only been shown a straight red once and I shouldn’t have been.”

He then told Mark Ogden of the Telegraph that while he sympathises with referees, it was correct to overturn the decision.

“Obviously, if there is a ball there that you think you can win, you are going to go in for it. The situation with Vinny was unfortunate in that he got sent off, but it was the right outcome that it was rescinded.

“I can understand why it is hard for the referees, though. They have to know what is right and wrong and then make a decision on the back of that.”

Finally, Joe Hart has answered a Q and A in the Daily Mail – and may just have signposted his future career when revealing the last film he watched…

“James Bond, Skyfall. I loved it,” Hart said. “

A million per cent I reckon I could be James Bond like Daniel Craig. No, but seriously, I would have a go if they asked.”

Watch this space...


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