Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City will try to sign defender'

Guardiola: 'City will try to sign defender'
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola suggests that he will try to sign a new defender during the January transfer window.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he may look to sign a new centre-back during the January transfer window.

While City have recorded 14 successive wins in the Premier League, Guardiola has struggled for defenders in recent weeks, with John Stones missing a number of games with a hamstring injury and Vincent Kompany sustaining several fitness issues since August.

The likes of Fabian Delph and Fernandinho have needed to deputise at various stages of the campaign, and Guardiola has acknowledged that he may be forced to enter the market at the start of 2018.

The 46-year-old told reporters: "We are thinking about it. In that department we have too few players and to handle all competitions we are in trouble, real trouble if this is the case. But I can't assure anything. We're going to see what will happen in January.

"Maybe we are thinking of looking at another central defender because of Vincent's problems, John Stones is four or five weeks out. And we miss an important player like Mendy."

Versatile defender Jason Denayer could see his loan period at Galatasaray cut short in January, but the Belgian may be moved on to Anderlecht rather than return to the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero watches on during the Premier League game between Manchester City and West Ham United on December 3, 2017
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