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Three who Man City may replace injured Aguero with in January

| 08.12.2014

Sergio Aguero’s injury will, without a doubt, have an effect on Manchester City as we enter the Christmas period. Manuel Pellegrini’s men face a tough trip to Italy for a Champions League decider against Roma.

Nothing less than a win will do and, following this, they take on Leicester City, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Sunderland. On paper, they are teams that are beatable, but are scrapping for their lives and will put up a tough challenge against City, who are 2/1 with Coral to win the Premier League.

Their Argentine attacker could be out for over a month, which may force City into the transfer window. The climate could dictate that Aguero takes longer to recover from fitness than usual, and this could mean goals dry up significantly, with the former Atletico Madrid player leading the Premier League scoring charts with 14.

As a result, Coral have compiled a number of strikers who City could move for in the winter window.

Saido Berahino
He has excelled at West Brom so far this season, with seven strikes in the Premier League. There is no doubt that he is one of the most natural finishers in the country, and it would be interesting to see what he could do with David Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure supplying him. Berahino would probably cost a maximum £25m, which is inflated, though it could be a shrewd investment.

Diafra Sakho
One of West Ham’s best players this season, he seems to have everything. Pace, power, composure in front of goal and ability to finish with both feet. Should Pellegrini express an interest, it would certainly be intriguing as to how he would perform at City, though the Hammers would put up a fight to keep hold of their new summer signing.

Jackson Martinez
The Porto hitman has been in lethal form this season, netting 16 goals in 19 appearances across all competitions so far. His form as alerted the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham, though theoretically City could blow them out of the water. It may be seen as a panic buy, but the 28-year-old Colombian striker would definitely add quality. Expect a fee of around £30m, however.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.