HULL CITY: I don't need to splash cash in transfer window - Barmby
HULL City boss Nick Barmby has defended his decision not to spend in the January transfer market – insisting he already boasts a squad capable of winning promotion.
Despite City owner Assem Allam pledging funds for team strengthening this month, the club's only business has so far come in the loan market.
Striker Josh King joined goalkeepers Vito Mannone and Trevor Carson at the KC Stadium this week, and the loan trio look set to be the only new arrivals before the window shuts in 11 days.
Barmby believes the minimal alterations in January reflect a belief in his promotion-chasing squad and the City boss insists he will not "spend for the sake of spending".
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"Is there anyone available to come in who's miles better than the lads we've got?" said Barmby, ahead of City's trip to Reading tomorrow.
"I see my players every day and I'm more than happy with the squad we've got. I'm definitely not going to be a manager who dives in to get any old name.
"I'm not going to go out and spend for the sake of spending because that would be a foolish thing to do. We've seen it in the past and I'm not prepared to do it."
Barmby's first transfer window as a manager appears destined to be a quiet one as he keeps faith in a crop inherited from predecessor Nigel Pearson in November.
The City boss has made enquiries over Doncaster striker Billy Sharp and Wolves winger Adam Hammill this month but Barmby says his business looks to be done.
"Unless we were to get an injury to a key player, I can't see us bringing in any more new players," added Barmby. "This squad, if they keep listening and learning, and passing the ball with a good tempo and purpose, can cause a lot of problems in this division.
"I want to work with these players and I want them to get better for themselves and as a group.
"We tend to look at other players away from the club and think 'he's a good player or he's a good player' but what about the players we've got?
"We've got a great crop of players here and we shouldn't forget that."
A reluctance to do more business stems in part from City keeping their promotion-chasing squad intact.
Despite two bids from Leicester for winger Cameron Stewart, the Tigers' board have been true to their word that no stars would be off-loaded this month.
Barmby has been encouraged by such a stance but would not be surprised to see more approaches in the closing days of January.
"I guess when it's the last week of the window we'll see it heat up," added Barmby. "I'm sure clubs may yet make bids for some of our players but I've got assurances that we won't be selling players we don't want to.
"It wouldn't surprise me to see bids coming in because when it's down to the last couple of days and other targets have fallen through, they might move on to others. That's when we'd have to be strong. They'd be barking up the wrong tree."