The Bluebirds have missed out on Nathaniel Clyne and Adrien Tameze.

Neil Warnock struggling to get signings over the line at Cardiff

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Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has voiced his frustration over transfer window inactivity and compared deal-making to "climbing a mountain with butter on one of your hands".

The Bluebirds have suffered a difficult January window so far with moves to land Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne and Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze ending without success.

Warnock also made another visit to France in midweek to watch Nantes striker Emiliano Sala for the second time in a month, but he admits it is unlikely that the Argentinian will be heading to south Wales.

"It's like climbing a mountain with butter on your hands," Warnock said ahead of the crunch relegation battle against Huddersfield on Saturday.

"One day you think you are almost there and then you slide back down.

"You get your hopes built up. People say 'yes, that's a done deal' and all of a sudden the next day it's not a done deal.

"You have to learn to live with that really."

Warnock branded Liverpool a "disgrace" and accused them of lacking class after missing out on the signing of Clyne.

The England full-back opted to join Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season, with Warnock saying he had discovered on television that his former Crystal Palace player had chosen the Cherries.

The veteran manager claimed he was "promised" the right-back on loan by the Reds, but his attitude over Clyne has softened in the week after the shock FA Cup defeat to Gillingham.

"I know I got criticised for saying that about Liverpool and Clyne, but all I needed was a phone call to say he is going to Bournemouth," Warnock said.

"If I had a choice of going to Bournemouth and Cardiff, I'd snap their hand off to work for the manager (Eddie Howe) there.

"I don't blame Nathaniel for going there at all, they are a great club and they are established.

"You can't blame the fans (for wanting signings), but all of us have to be patient.

"If nothing happens, so what? I won't be losing any sleep with the squad I've got.

"We've done it before and we've had a great time.

"I've got to give them a team that's got to scrap and get enough points to stay up. They can help me with that."

Cardiff entertain Huddersfield one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Warnock's side are eight points better off than bottom-placed Huddersfield and Terriers manager David Wagner has described it as a "must-win" game from his perspective.

"I don't think it's the same for us as them, but I understand his sentiments," Warnock said.

"When you play teams in the bottom half of the table, they are all must-win games really.

"This one is no different. What they have done in the last three years has been phenomenal and we are trying to do that."

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How Solskjaer helped break Tottenham hearts

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the toughest test of his interim reign at Manchester United when his side take on Tottenham on Sunday.

The match pits him against Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is reportedly the number one target for United to be the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer enjoyed a memorable victory against the north Londoners back in September 2001, as United recovered from a 3-0 half-time deficit to win 5-3, with the Norwegian introduced at the start of the second half.

Here, Press Association Sport delves into its picture archive to recall the match.

Spurs v Man United
Dean Richards, centre, made the dream start to his Tottenham career as he put them 1-0 up (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
Spurs v Man United
Les Ferdinand fired Spurs into a two-goal lead (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
Spurs v Man United
Ferdinand and Teddy Sheringham congratulate Christian Ziege, on the ground, after his diving header made it 3-0 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
Tottenham v Manchester United
Andy Cole's goal early in the second half gave United hope (Rebecca Naden/PA)
Spurs v Man United
Ruud van Nistelrooy, pictured, headed United level after Laurent Blanc had made it 3-2 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
Spurs v Man United
Juan Sebastian Veron, pictured, made it 4-3 to United, before David Beckham added the final goal of the match (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

What they said

Ranieri wants Sessegnon to work on his mean streak

Claudio Ranieri has told Ryan Sessegnon to develop a mean streak to propel Fulham's Premier League survival fight.

England Under-21 star Sessegnon has been a fixture in Fulham's return to the top-flight, even at the tender age of 18.

Italian boss Ranieri is a big fan of Sessegnon's talents, but has called on the Roehampton-born winger to adopt a ruthless edge on the field.

"He has to improve a little bit – just a little bit – I want him more aggressive in his head," said Ranieri.

"Sometimes in the duel he is a little shy.

"I do not want to say a nasty word in Italian but I want him to be more nasty sometimes.

"In the battle you have to be, bang, come on!

"I want him to make something more. His quality, the way he trains is fantastic but he needs to be a little nasty."

Sessegnon's prodigious talent already places him among the most coveted young English talents.

With two Premier League goals to his name he has acclimatised well to life in the top-flight.

But Fulham boast just three wins in 21 games, and now face a pivotal relegation scrap at struggling Burnley on Saturday.

And Ranieri wants Sessegnon to step up and play with the kind of authority to match his talent but belie his years as the Cottagers look to climb out of trouble.

The former Leicester boss made more than 300 appearances in a 13-year club career in Italian football, between 1973 and 1986, and is confident he can coax a harder edge out of Sessegnon.

"I will give it to him; I was so nasty when I played a long time ago, believe me," said Ranieri.

"I can give him my experience.

"On the pitch you have to respect everybody but also on the pitch you have to achieve this respect."

Fulham are already talking to Sessegnon about extending his current contract that has less than 18 months to run, with Ranieri positive about discussions so far.

"I know they are speaking and I think sooner or later his agent will find a solution," said Ranieri.

"I want him and I believe in him.

"I hope soon it can be finished, but that is not my job, it's for the club."

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