Carl Curtis : Hoping time doesn’t run out

City appear to be holding out for their asking price for David Marshall, West Brom up to this point won’t raise their offer but City are holding firm and are looking for £5m plus add ons which would take the figure to near £6m if certain conditions are met.

If Marshall does leave then City claim to have a replacement lined up and that keeper is from a Premier League club.

Much has been said that City have to sell before they can bring in any notable additions, Slade wants a centre midfielder and a striker.

I am told that Slade is pushing for a striker, even if they don’t sell, and hopes he will be backed by the club.

Slade is believed to want a tall, powerful striker who is more mobile than Kenwyne Jones.

As much as Alex Revell is a hard worker and mobile he certainly hasn’t got the goal scoring instinct that Slade wants from his tall frontman.

If City do receive an improved offer for Marshall I just hope the manager is given the go ahead and there is enough time left in this window for Slade to bring in one or two of his targets.