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City hand Hughes £100m budget

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes will enter the January transfer window armed with a whopping £100 million.

According to The Sun, the club's cashed-up owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group, are ready to flex their financial muscle and have given the Welshman the opportunity to splash out big money this winter, despite a poor first half of the season.

Hughes is ready with a £15 million bid to land Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz who tops Hughes’ wishlist.

He also wants to be reunited with Craig Bellamy too and hopes £10 million will lure him away from cash-strapped West Ham.

Hughes is also looking to strengthen the defence as Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge, Arsenal stopper Kolo Touré, Everton defender Joleon Lescott and Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given are thought to rank high among his targets.

Hughes also confirmed that he is looking to get this month’s deals done as quickly as possible.

He said: "We have to make sure the players we want to bring in are good for us in terms of quality and their position in the squad. If we do, I’m very positive for the second half of the season."

"We hope we can do business quickly because that will help us.

"It’s not an exact science. You have to look at what’s out there, what’s attainable and the price clubs are asking for.

"If things are right for the team and the club, then you start to make things happen."

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