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By ESPN Staff
Nov 29, 2007

Eriksson refusing to gamble over new additions

Sven-Goran Eriksson intends to make 'very few' additions to his Manchester City squad in the January transfer window.

The former England boss has already sent his wish list to Thaksin Shinawatra - and has been pleased with the owner's response.

Eriksson is looking to build on the club's bright start to the season. They go into the Barclays Premier League match at Wigan on Saturday in third place.

He said: 'My list (of players ) is very long but it will get shorter.

'I had a very good meeting with our owner. It was very positive.

'I informed him who we might be interested in. He was not too shocked which was good. He said at the end of the meeting 'go on'.'

On the matter of how many players he would like to recruit, Eriksson said: 'It depends on how much money is available.

'It won't be like August when we took in eight players. It will be very few.

'We are not going to gamble. We have a good squad and a good base.'

Eriksson is comfortable with transfer windows now he has returned to club management.

However, if there was to be a change he would like to see a dissatisfied player be able to move on freely if it suited him and the club.

'Perhaps the window should be more open than closed,' said Eriksson.

'Maybe you buy a player in August and for some reason if things don't go as you hope, it should not be necessary for him to stay one year when he is not playing.'

Meanwhile, Brazil playmaker Elano has been ruled out of the Wigan game because of a hamstring injury.

Eriksson said: 'He is having a scan and we do not know at the moment how long he will be out for.'

Elano's absence could see Geovanni returning to the starting-line up at the JJB Stadium.

Vedran Corluka and Emile Mpenza are both fit after taking knocks in the victory against Reading last weekend.