Manchester City will prioritise the signing of a centre-back in the January transfer window after Vincent Kompany's injury return was delayed further, reports the Daily Mail.

The Citizens have suffered a bad start this season and sit eighth in the Premier League table, six points off leaders Arsenal.

Although maintaining a 100% record at the Etihad, City have taken just four points from a possible 18 away from home. Having conceded 10 goals on their travels, much of that poor form can be accredited to a leaky defence.

As Kompany has struggled for fitness this season, Javi Garcia has been asked to fill in, but has not convinced Manuel Pellegrini that he can be relied upon long-term.

After Kompany's latest muscle injury turned out to be more serious than expected, Pellegrini has started searching for reinforcements with a view to signing a new centre-back in January.

The news comes from Belgian medics, who warned that Kompany is still several weeks away from being match fit, ruling him out of the crucial tie against Tottenham on November 24th.

There is better news for England goalkeeper Joe Hart, however, as the Daily Mail report that Pellegrini will not look to sign a new goalkeeper despite Hart's ongoing struggle to find form.

Hart has not featured for City in their last three matches but together with Costel Pantilimon, the Chilean doesn't see a new goalkeeper as a necessary requirement.

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