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Yaya and Kolo Toure exit for Africa Cup of Nations after Manchester United clash

Yaya and Kolo to leave City for Africa after United cup clash, admits Mancini

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Africa”s finest: Yaya Toure with his award after being named 2011 African Footballer of the Year in Accra

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has virtually accepted defeat in his bid to keep the Toure brothers in England beyond the FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United on January 8.

City midfielder Yaya Toure was named the 2011 African Footballer of the Year and has become a key member of Mancini”s Barclays Premier League table-toppers.

Mancini has often spoken of his concern at how his side would cope without Kolo and, in particular, Yaya, who are required for the Ivory Coast”s African Nations Cup campaign.

Initially, the City chief expressed the hope that their departure could be delayed until after the Premier League encounter with Wigan at the DW Stadium on January 16.

That now appears unlikely, with the pair now also set to miss the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg against Liverpool on January 11.

“It is difficult but I think they will leave us after United,” said Mancini. “We have talked with their manager three days ago and will talk again with the Ivory Coast president.

“We will try but it is difficult.”

Blow: City will be without Yaya and brother Kolo Toure (left) for several weeks

Blow: City will be without Yaya and brother Kolo Toure (left) for several weeks

Instead, there is the potential for bringing in additional reinforcements. Cash is available for transfers but with UEFA”s Financial Fair Play demands to be met, Mancini knows he will have to sell before he can buy.

“We should sell some of our players before we do anything,” he said. “After that maybe we can do something but at the moment there is nothing.”

Warnock unsure if injury-hit Dyer will ever make Premier League return

Warnock unsure if injury-hit Dyer will ever make Premier League return

QPR boss Neil Warnock is unsure whether Kieron Dyer”s latest injury setback will prevent him from having an impact in the Barclays Premier League again.

Dyer underwent foot surgery on Monday to repair ligament damage sustained during a reserve match last week and has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

The 32-year-old former England midfielder has not played a competitive game for Rangers since the opening day of the season.

Season over: Dyer was carried off during QPR

Season over: Dyer was carried off during QPR”s first game of the season against Bolton

Rare sight: Dyer in action for QPR

Rare sight: Dyer in action for QPR

Dyer”s career has been hampered by a succession of serious injuries but while Warnock insists his future is in doubt, he refuses to bet against a successful comeback.

“I don”t honestly know now (if he can still make an impact at this level),” he said.

“I honestly don”t know that. But if anyone can he can, because he”s so determined.

“I thought that he might consider his future, but having spoken to him he will try to show me in pre-season that he warrants a contract.

“He”s not money-motivated. It”s not as if we have to pay him a fortune. The lad wants to play football, which is like a breath of fresh air.

“I would not write him off, but it must be soul-destroying to go through what he has over the past few years.

“It”s a bitter blow. The day it happened I went into the dressing room and he was distraught.

“We have to look after him and give him an opportunity – he deserves that.”

Warnock met with the club”s major shareholders on Monday to finalise plans for the January transfer window.

Looking for reinforcements: Neil Warnock wants to add to his QPR squad next month

Looking for reinforcements: Neil Warnock wants to add to his QPR squad next month

QPR hope to make three to four new signings with two of them arriving on loan and Warnock is targeting hungry, young players determined to make a name for themselves.

“I”ll be looking at loan players – probably people trying establish themselves at their own club,” he said.

“We can give a bit of experience at Premier League level that they might not get at their own clubs because at the top six or seven it is very difficult for young players to play.

“The players you”ve got to look for are players you think you can be of benefit to them and of benefit to their club.

“And if the club thinks they are benefiting, then it”s an ideal scenario.

Loan star: Warnock says both QPR and Spurs defender Kyle Walker benefited from his time at Loftus Road last season

Loan star: Warnock says both QPR and Spurs defender Kyle Walker benefited from his time at Loftus Road last season

“What”s helped us is that we had Kyle Walker from Tottenham and I believe we made him the player he is today.

“We gave him the platform, the confidence and the experience. And he went on and on from there.

“There are probably four or five players at the top clubs who we may be able to get.

“If we can get one or even two of those I”d be delighted. We”ve just got to wheel and deal.”

QPR will be looking to climb into the top half of the Premier League when they host Sunderland at Loftus Road on Wednesday.

“You”re looking over your shoulders, but a win takes you into the top half – it”s that close,” said Warnock.

“We”ve played some tough games of late so we must scrap for points now.”

Christian Eriksen targeted by Manchester United

United eye move for Ajax midfielder Eriksen as injuries woes mount up

Manchester United have admitted Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen is a potential target for the Barclay Premier League champions.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in dire need of reinforcements after a spate of injuries slashed the depth of his squad.

The Denmark international, 19, has a contractat Ajax until 2014 but Spain”s domestic and European champions Barcelona are also keen admirers.

Hot property: Eriksen (left) is being tracked by Manchester United

Hot property: Eriksen (left) is being tracked by Manchester United

“This is a player that is on our radar,” United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen said.

“But that is to be expected. If people weren”t looking, no-one would ever have an opinion on these players.

“It is true that a player like Eriksen would fit our transfer policy.

“He is being strongly linked with us, but to suggest that we are about to make a move is not true.”

However, his agent was quick to point out that Eriksen will not be rushed into any potential move.

Wonderkid: Eriksen was the youngest player at last summer

Wonderkid: Eriksen was the youngest player at last summer”s World Cup

“Christian must weigh up every step he takes in his career,” said Martin Schoots.

“He gave a lot of thought to joining Ajax. Last summer he could have gone to England, and a German club was very keen, but he passed the opportunity up.

“He has signed a contract at Ajax and a transfer is not an issue at the moment.”

Eriksen is an established international with 20 caps for Denmark and was the youngest player the 2010 World Cup.

Nickica Jelavic wanted by Queens Park Rangers

QPR boss Warnock eyes Rangers” 10m-rated striker Jelavic

Neil Warnock”s search for attacking reinforcements has turned to Nikica Jelavic after the QPR boss sent scouts to watch the Croatian in action for Rangers.

Jelavic has been in devastating form in front of goal for Rangers, having bagged 12 goals in 18 league appearances for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders.

Wanted man: Jelavic

Wanted man: Jelavic”s exploits are making him a wanted man in England

His stunning form has also put the 26-year-old former Rapid Vienna forward on Sunderland manager Martin O”Neill”s January wish list.

But the club”s 10million valuation could prove prohibitive for a player without English top-flight experience.

However, if a deal for 7m can be agreed Warnock could be tempted to ask chairman Tony Fernandes to sanction the move, according to reports in the Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson will only buy in January if his targets are available

I”ll only spend in January if I can get who I want, says Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested he will make a move in the January transfer window if a long-term target becomes available.

The Manchester United manager has seen his squad stretched in recent weeks, with Darren Fletcher taking an extended break from the game with ulcerative colitis, Nemanja Vidic ruled out for the season, Anderson battling a long-term knee problem and Javier Hernandez and Tom Cleverly also sidelined.

Patient: Ferguson only wants to spend money on his ideal targets

Patient: Ferguson only wants to spend money on his ideal targets

Out: Fletcher is the latest in a string of unavailable players

Out: Fletcher is the latest in a string of unavailable players

Many pundits expect reinforcements next month, but Ferguson has vowed only to splash the cash on players he is already tracking.

The Red Devils were interested in Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder in the summer, and if he becomes available, Ferguson would likely consider an approach.

Asked if there would be new arrivals in January, he said: “Not necessarily. I don”t know why people keep going on about it.

“(I won”t buy) unless someone appears we have always been interested in appears, but there isn”t (at the moment).”

Casualty: Vidic is out for the season

Casualty: Vidic is out for the season

Ferguson also explained the decision to make public the details of Fletcher”s illness, after previously passing his absence off on a virus.

“That was the big decision,” he said.

“It got to the point where we had to address it in a different way. We spoke about a virus to protect Darren but it got to the point people were delving. It was getting uncomfortable so we decided to make it public.

“He has been in hospital for a few days.”

Ferguson also revealed that striker Dimitar Berbatov was fit after ankle trouble and reserve team midfielder Paul Pogba was in consideration for Sunday”s trip to QPR.

Arsene Wenger may dip into January transfer market as Arsenal injury list grows

Wenger may dip into January transfer market as Arsenal injury list grows

Arsene Wenger admits he could be back in the transfer market next month if injuries keep piling up at Arsenal.

Wenger made a flurry of signings as the last window closed and could take advantage of the club’s healthy financial position to sign more reinforcements.

The Gunners have recovered from a poor start to the season but have defensive problems since left-back Andre Santos was ruled out for three months to have surgery on an ankle injury.

‘We lose players like Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations,’ Wenger told fans at a Q&A session at the Emirates.

Absent: Marouane Chamakh will be involved in Morocco

Absent: Marouane Chamakh will be involved in Morocco”s campaign in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea

‘Touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers but if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy.

‘Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it’s much more difficult. Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation.’

Thomas Vermaelen, who will provide vital cover at left-back in the absence of Santos and Kieran Gibbs, came off concussed against Everton on Saturday but should be fit to face Manchester City on Sunday.

Momentum: Arsenal are on a remarkable run of form

Momentum: Arsenal are on a remarkable run of form

Having won seven of their last eight, Arsenal are determined not to lose their momentum.

‘We have not had the credit we deserve,’ said Wenger. ‘In the Champions League, we did well. We played Udinese, who are perhaps the top team in Italy, and we finished top of our group.

‘Once people decide you are a bad team, you are a bad team. You have to work slowly and let people talk.’

Former Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy will miss the game against his former club through suspension after a red card against Chelsea.

Arsenal may buy players in January, admits Arsene Wenger

Wenger eyes January sales as Arsenal boss admits he may sign new stars

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he could be tempted into the January sales if “an opportunity turns up”.

The Gunners have turned their season around following seven wins from the last eight Barclays Premier League matches, to move back into contention for the top four.

Much of that success has been built on the 19 goals of prolific captain Robin van Persie.

Money to spend: Arsene Wenger has admitted he could bring in reinforcements to help the likes of Robin van Persie and co

Money to spend: Arsene Wenger has admitted he could bring in reinforcements to help the likes of Robin van Persie and co

With both Ivory Coast forward Gervinho and Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh both set to be away at the African Nations Cup early next year, Wenger accepts his back-up options will be stretched.

Arsenal have plenty of cash reserves should Wenger wish to strengthen the squad, and the Gunners boss will keep an eye out for any bargains.

“We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers. But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy,” Wenger told a supporters” Q&A at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal manager, however, feels the current financial climate is “a bit special”.

Missing man: Gervinho will be absent on international duty in January

Missing man: Gervinho will be absent on international duty in January

Wenger continued: “Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it”s much more difficult.

“Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation.”

Although both South Korea captain Park Ju-young and Russian Andrey Arshavin also offer attacking options, Wenger may look to bring in more like-for-like cover, with FC Koln”s Lukas Podolski one possibility if the price was right.

Elsewhere, Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin is said to be on Wenger”s radar, along with Anderlecht”s Luca Biglia.

The 25-year-old”s representative Enzo Montepaone told calciomercato.com: “Fiorentina”s interest is real, but Arsenal also like him a lot.

Interest: Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin

Interest: Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin

“Italy has always been his dream and, as he holds an Italian passport, a move to Italy is very likely.

“It is, however, important to pay attention to Arsenal.”