Premier League champions Manchester City could come to regret not signing Spain legend David Villa on a short-term loan deal.
Manuel Pellegrini's men are currently without first choice forwards Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic and have been forced to play teenager Jose Angel Pozo during recent victories over Sunderland and Leicester City.
However the youngster is not quite ready to lead the line for the champions just yet, and despite ruling out a move for Villa the English giants should make him their top priority going into the New Year.
Despite overcoming a difficult start to the season to build momentum ahead of the festive period, injuries at this stage of the campaign could derail their efforts to retain their Premier League title.
Aguero has been in stunning form with 14 goals in 15 league games, but has been ruled out of action until next year after sustaining a knee injury during the 1-0 win over Everton earlier this month.
Dzeko replaced him on that occasion but was then replaced himself, with Pozo being introduced in his place after the Bosnian had been withdrawn with after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem.
The jury is still out on Jovetic who may return sooner from a hamstring injury, but the Montenegrin has struggled to adjust to English football since his move from Fiorentina last summer and may toil in his efforts to replace the goals Aguero normally provides.
Villa only announced a transfer to New York City earlier this year, but like his future teammate Frank Lampard could be tempted by a short spell at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Spanish international showed during last season's spell at Atletico Madrid that he was still capable of scoring goals, finding the net 15 times in all competitions and helping them pip Barcelona and Real Madrid to the La Liga title.
His experience and knowledge of the game could hugely benefit Pellegrini's side, and he could make a similar impact to loan signing Henrik Larsson who thrived at Manchester United upon arriving in January 2007.
The 33-year-old was once one of the most prolific strikers on the planet, but despite age jading his powers may be the man to solve City's striker problem and help them keep the heat on league leaders Chelsea.
City should perform a u-turn on Villa but may also wish to strengthen their defence given Vincent Kompany's current injury record.
Eliaquim Mangala has found the rigours of England's top flight difficult to handle, whilst Martin Demichelis is still susceptible to the odd error despite having improved this term.
The champions could also challenge Manchester United for the signature of Ivan Rakitic, who could leave Barcelona after failing to make an impression under Luis Enrique.
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