News that Manchester City winger Adam Johnson has been ruled out for three months may result in Eastlands chiefs delving into their bottomless pockets once more in a last-ditch attempt to find short-term cover for the crocked star.
Reports in the media earlier today had linked City with a shock move for Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson.
The 25-year-old Sweden international, whose contract runs out this summer has been the subject of much speculation linking him with a move away from St Andrews with the Citizens the latest in a long list of clubs said to be interested in the player.
However, the Press Association have in the last hour released a statement which says that sources close to Birmingham are adamant the only concrete bids came from Blues rivals Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
They went on to say that both potential deals fell through because Larsson was unable to come to an agreement over personal terms and since then there has been no further approach for the Birmingham man.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have put a block on unsettled wideman Shaun Wright-Phillips leaving despite the star's transfer request.
Speaking after his sides 1-1 draw with Notts County in the FA Cup fourth round yesterday, City boss Roberto Mancini explained, "It is difficult Shaun can leave the team now but in 24 hours anything can happen.
“We have lost Adam Johnson for probably three months. This will be a big problem because Adam Johnson is an important player for us because we don't have another winger like Adam.
"Now we have 24 hours left in the transfer window so it is very difficult, but if we take another player – we take a winger,” Mancini concluded.