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Robert Mancini, the Manchester City manager, said today he will be glad when January is over so he can stop talking about possible transfers and return his focus fully to the business of winning matches.

Any major deals undertaken by City from now on will probably involve players on their way out of the club.

A number of English options are said not to appeal to their troubled striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, while Monaco do not appear capable of completing the type of deal that would interest City.

Real Madrid remain the most likely destination, with the manager José Mourinho apparently keen for Adebayor to replace Gonzalo Higuaín, who may miss the remainder of the season after back surgery.

Fulham have expressed definite interest in the winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, although City are keen to ensure there is commitment to a permanent transfer before they allow him to link up again with his former manager Mark Hughes on loan.

City’s Brazilian striker Jô has attracted interest from Birmingham, although with Alex McLeish seeking only a loan deal, that move would appear to be a non-starter. “We have another 10 days,” said Mancini. “It is possible something could happen but at the moment there has been no progress.”

The Italian did not entirely rule out the possibility of further purchases, following the £27m recruitment of the striker Edin Dzeko, even though club officials have cautioned against it. But Mancini denied there was an imminent move for the 17-year-old Anderlecht prodigy Romelu Lukaku.

“Lukaku is a good player and he is young,” said Mancini. “Maybe in the future something will happen but at this moment, no.”

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