Mancini coy on transfer targets

City boss admires Cassano and Maicon

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Roberto Mancini has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with moves for Maicon and Antonio Cassano.

The Manchester City boss is known to be in the market for new recruits, with the Blues having been surprisingly quiet during the winter transfer window.

A whole host of top names continue to be linked with a move to Eastlands on a daily basis, with most rumours knocked back by Mancini.

Inter defender Maicon and Sampdoria frontman Cassano have been mentioned as possible targets in the past, and their names refuse to go away.

Mancini insists he has given little thought to possible new arrivals, with a crunch Carling Cup clash with Manchester United coming up on Wednesday, but the Italian admits he is an admirer of the two men most recently linked with a switch to City.

"Cassano would be welcome anywhere, but I'm well stocked in attack," Mancini told Sky Italia.

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"I have some problems in defence and midfield because I have many injured players.

"Maicon? We're talking about great players, both he and Cassano are champions. Obviously, I know the Inter full-back well and he would add value not only for us but for any team.

"However, for now I am fully focused on the challenge with Manchester United."

Meanwhile, Mancini's agent, Giorgio De Giorgis, has revealed that City could yet reignite their interest in Palermo defender Simon Kjaer.

"Simon Kjaer could be an option in January," he told Sportitalia.

"I think ideally they would have liked (Juventus centre-half, Giorgio) Chiellini, as he commands the defence, but City have very good defenders anyway."