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Finn on trial.

City have moved to bring recent Finnish debutant Tuomas Haapala on trial to the club. The 26 year-old is a midfielder who currently plays for Finnish outfit MyPa and recently made his international debut against Estonia.
I don't know anything about this guy to be honest (a quick look on Championship Manager may be required later) but it is slightly worrying that we seem to be looking at bringing trialists into the club as it does indicate there may not be a great deal of funds available for Stuart Pearce come the January transfer window.
One firm target who may not be moving to City is Steed Malbranque. According to the Sun, the Frenchman is ready to sign a new contract with Fulham, ending any hopes that City have of bringing him to the club. I've said before that I think Malbranque will be an ideal complement to the midfield that we already have and surely any efforts should be made to sign him if he is interested in a move to City. Let's hope it may not be a lack of funds which scuppers any move for him.