Roberto Mancini says he will ‘probably’ make a move to sign new players in January in order to bolster his squad for 2013.

Mancini cut a frustrated figure over the summer after missing out on a series of high profile targets, including Robin van Persie and Eden Hazard.

Manchester City currently sit seven points behind Premier League leaders and local rivals Manchester United going into the new year and face a challenge if they are to defend the league crown they won so dramatically last year.

The Citizens have been linked with a host of players ahead of the January transfer window including Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao, although according to reports Mancini must sell players before he is allowed to add to his squad.

Speaking ahead of Manchester City’s new year’s day clash against Stoke, Mancini said he may bring in new players not only to give more options, but also to help combat a growing injury list and departures for the Africa Nations Cup.

When asked if players might be brought in, the City manager said: "Probably.”

He added: "We might have a problem. We lose three [to the African Nations Cup] and I don't think Micah Richards will play until the end of February.

"Jack [Rodwell] - we don't know. Maybe [Aleksandar] Kolarov can recover in two weeks. We will see.”

Despite reports, Mancini insisted he will not be selling any players in the upcoming window, including out of favour defender Joleon Lescott.

“We can't sell players. We don't have enough players to play if we sell players," he commented.

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