Man City boss Pearce hopes Cup progress can fund new striker

Pearce said: “It will impact on my transfer budget without a doubt. We budget to go through X amount of FA Cup matches and X amount of League Cup matches and anything above that is more finance to the club. That can equate to me getting another player and if that player turns any given game on any given day, it will be beneficial to everyone connected with the club.

“The main criteria for looking for a striker is that we haven’t scored enough goals this season. Simple as that. If we were free-scoring we’d be much higher in the table.”