Date: 18th January 2009 at 1:09pm
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With time ticking, Joe Kinnear has made his first statement where he concedes he might be willing to sacrifice quantity for quality. The gaffer has admitted he is considering going all out for Mbia, probably at the loss of the two ‘expensive loan signings` he was lining up. Kinnear said:

‘I have never been a manager who has just blown money. Mbia is my first choice, he is something that we need. If Geremi leaves I might put all my eggs in one basket, cancel the loan players I was considering and pay £10million for one player.’

Mbia himself said:

‘I don’t have anything to say about any bid. What I know most is that Premier League clubs are interested in me, I am at Rennes at the moment, so it is between the teams.’