Manuel Pellegrini is keen to reinforce at left back and up front this winter!
However, given the difficulty in priority signings in January he may need to rely on loans despite not having a serious track record in that area..
Despite Michail Antonio being set for a post international break return, the manager is keen to bring in another back up striker given the slow development of Albian Ajetii – a signing which continues to raise eyebrows around the club given his similarity to Chicharito who never really fitted the Pellegrini system.
Indeed, when the manager decided to take an offer for him in the summer it was a confirmation of his predecessor David Moyes’ opinion of the player – allowing him to leave Man United on loan when in charge and offering him limited opportunities at the London Stadium.
Now, insiders at the club have revealed to us that a striker has become a target along with a left back despite both Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku having signed long term deals.
We were told by one senioe source by telephone: “A central defender was a possible requirement but with Winston Reid making good progress that one could go on hold as the left back and striker positions are looked at.”