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Manchester City latest: World Cup star linked, Silva injury a blessing in disguise?

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After signing both Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando from Porto this summer, Manchester City could be set to add another of the Portuguese club's stars to their ranks.

According to A Bola, the Blues are looking to bring Mexico international Hector Herrera to the Etihad Stadium in the winter transfer window, after sporting director Txiki Begiristain was convinced of the midfielder's Premier League qualities following his standout showing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Herrera, 24, first moved to Porto in June 2013 from Pachuca, and is reported to have a €40 million release clause in his contract which runs until 2017.

For now, however, City will just have to make do with their current midfield, which could be short of David Silva for Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad.

The Spaniard limped out of the club's 2-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Newcastle United in the opening minutes after suffering a knee injury and is now a doubt to face Manchester United.

Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy feels, however, that his absence could actually help Manuel Pellegrini's side.

'I’m going to say, and this is something Man City fans will probably be in uproar about, that Silva’s injury could be a blessing,' he told talkSPORT.

'He’s a wonderful footballer when played in his best position, but he doesn’t play in that position often enough for Manchester City. When he plays wide in a midfield four I don’t think you get the best out of him. To qualify that, the most goals he’s ever scored in a season for Man City is seven. I’m sorry, but for a player of his quality that’s not good enough. He might get assists and contribute in other ways, but he’s a creative player and he needs to score more.

'So what I’m suggesting in the games coming up is why not play three midfielders? So you could play Yaya Toure in front of Fernando and Fernandinho for example, then you can play with the wide men and one striker, which would be Aguero.

'That looks more solid. And of course it would be because you’ve got three midfielders instead of a No.10 luxury [player], then two wide men of say Nasri, Milner, Navas, take your pick. I think that could make them much more solid and give them a better foundation in games.'

With Yaya Toure also an injury doubt for the match against United, defeat would see Pellegrini come under increasing pressure following the club's inconsistent start to the season, but goalkeeper Joe Hart is confident the Chilean's measured approach will put things right.

'He's not an actor,' Hart told Sky Sports.

'That's who he is. It's how he portrays himself in the media, but he doesn't change when he speaks to us.

'It's a good thing to have a constant - we know what kind of a guy he is and what he expects from us. Someone doesn't have to smash the room up to show you they're disappointed.

'He's got his standards that we try to live up to, and if we don't were just as disappointed as he is. He knows his methods and we've proved in the past playing his way works.

;We know where we are as a unit. We just need a few players, myself included, to step up and we'll be fine. Last season we had fewer points [at this stage] and we won the league.

'We're big enough and ugly enough to know that this is football. We're prepared to fight through it and put it right.'

Another player who has also vowed to step up for Pellegrini moving forward is striker Stefan Jovetic, who believes that scoring goals against their bitter rivals this weekend will be the perfect way to lift the club from their recent slump.

'We need to be more determined and we need to score goals, because we are a team that scores more goals than everybody and when we don't score we have problems,' he told M.E.N. Sport.

'It happened [against Newcastle]. I hope the next game we will score again.

'We won this cup last year and we wanted to win it again.

'Unfortunately we didn't make it but now we must forget, recover well and think about the next game.'

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