Pearce: No offers for star men

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Stuart Pearce has again underlined that he has no intention of selling players in January, with Manchester City yet to receive any formal approaches for their star men.

The North West club have been forced to contend with mounting speculation regarding a number of players in recent weeks, with Joey Barton, Sylvain Distin and, most prominently, Micah Richards all reportedly transfer targets for Premiership rivals.

Now the January transfer window has opened the rumour mill has gathered momentum, and Chelsea are widely believed to be preparing a bid for teenage England international Richards as they search for defensive backup.

However, Pearce, who is growing increasingly frustrated with the incessant transfer talk, insists that City have received no offers for any players and that any departures will be purely from amongst the fringe elements of his squad.

"There are no outgoings," said a defiant Pearce on Sky Sports News.

"I've never actually sat down with the chairman and said anyone who is important to me at the football club [will be staying], and I think you have only got to pick a programme up and see the players who have maybe played than 10 or 15 matches plus this season, none of those I'll consider letting go.

"I have had no contact with any other clubs in respect to any players that have been touted around the media, so I'm sure I will answer the same question next week and the week after and whenever I'm in front of the press.

"I don't want to sell the players, I might sell one or two of the fringe players maybe."

Pearce also admitted that in terms of January imports, he is likely to be restricted to loan signings due to City's parlous financial resources.

"I've spoken with him [chairman John Wardle] on many an occasion so we know full well that there is not a great deal of finance around," Pearce added.

"So we will have to be clever and maybe bring a couple of loans in if we possibly can."