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Young duo linked

A pair of young prospects were linked over the weekend with imminent moves to the club. Firstly, Slovenian midfielder Rene Krhin - currently at Inter, who The People suggest is all but a done deal:

Krhin should join Hughes's revolution in the New Year, with City keen to do business now before he costs even more - and possibly appears in the World Cup finals for his country next summer.

Sickening Boss Jose Mourinho has tried to keep Krhin sweet at Inter with a couple of first-team appearances in Serie A and the Champions League, but pals of the star say that City are offering him a huge deal and the chance to develop with them.

Hughes has a lot of quality in his midfield already, but he does not have someone with Krhin's physique on the books and sees the 19-year-old as a first-team squad man immediately and a starter soon after.

Krhin will cost big money because Inter have him under contract for another 18 months but City think they will be successful as they carry on their push to dominate the transfer market.

Whilst The Mail reports Hughes is set to move for Sporting Lisbon centre-half Daniel Carrico:

And Hughes wants to spend heavily again to bring Carrico to the Barclays Premier League.

Carrico's current contract does not expire until July 2013 - but the right-footed defender does have an £18.4m release clause.

Spanish side Atletico Madrid are also keen on Carrico, who has played 13 games for Sporting this season.

It is difficult to know quite how accurate either story really is, and they certainly haven't been widely reported.

However, and despite the money lavished on the squad so far during 2009, I don't think Hughes is ready to stand still with the squad so although there may not be a number of high profile arrivals, there could be one or two for the future added in January.