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By ESPN Staff

Psycho wants summer transfer warchest

Stuart Pearce has already identified his summer transfer targets - but the Manchester City boss needs a chat with chairman John Wardle to find out if he can afford them.

Although Pearce's dealings in the transfer market have not been extensive since he succeeded Kevin Keegan as Blues boss 12 months ago, most of his purchases have proved to be effective.

Darius Vassell has improved markedly on his final season at Aston Villa, while Andy Cole struck 10 goals in 23 games before a knee injury brought a premature end to his campaign.

Albert Riera is still to convince the majority of City fans he is worth an extended contract once his loan move from Espanyol ends in May. But £6million forward Georgios Samaras has already become a hero among the Blues faithful with his unconventional style.

Pearce is looking to push the club further forward in an effort o ensure solid progress is not undermined by a succession of injuries, as has been the case this season.

'We know the players we want,' said Pearce.

'Now it is a case of having a chat with the chairman to see what is available financially and moving forward from there.

'I hope we will have a bit of money - then we might have to be cute with one or two Bosmans.'

Pearce's refusal to squander City's cash, even after the £21million windfall received from Chelsea for Shaun Wright-Phillips, meant he went into the season with a pool of players fewer in number than most of his top rivals.

Although it did not seem to matter much as Pearce pushed his side to the brink of a top-six place, injuries and suspensions have finally begun to bite - and a run of four defeats in five games, including an FA Cup quarter-final loss to West Ham, has ripped the heart out of City's season.

'The injuries we have suffered lately have highlighted the fact we need to add some more quality to the squad,' said Pearce.

'Most of the other Premiership squads seem to have more options.

'We have the nucleus of a very good squad here, but it would be nice to add another three or four in the summer.'