Manchester City have set their sights on Wilfried Bony and have made inquiries about the Swansea man's availability.
Bony is the Premier League's highest scorer this calendar year and his form has attracted interest from City, although they may be deterred by Swansea's asking price. According to The Daily Telegraph the Swans would demand around £30 million to allow their star man to leave after he signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2018.
The Ivorian's initial deal included a £19 million release clause but Swans chairman Huw Jenkins was quick to remove that when Bony signed fresh terms last month. City's need for a fourth striker has become apparent in recent weeks after an injury crisis left them with no fit senior striker.
Manuel Pellegrini has opted to use the versatile James Milner as a false nine but is likely to look for reinforcements when the January transfer window opens.
Swansea broke their transfer record to bring Bony to Wales in the summer of 2013 for £12million, a fee that now looks like a bargain. In 69 appearances Bony has netted an impressive 33 goals, including eight Premier League strikes this campaign.
City got a close up look at the 26-year-old in November when he bagged the opening goal in Swansea's eventual 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. That goal, as well as his general performances this season have convinced City to make a move, but it's unknown if they'll be willing to match the reported asking price.
The need for a striker stems from City's decision to allow Alvaro Negredo to join Valencia on deadline day of the summer window, and Pellegrini will now decide whether or not to replace the Spaniard.
He told The Telegraph: "There were a lot of decisions why we loaned Álvaro Negredo to Valencia, one of them being that he was injured and couldn't play until the middle of November. That left us only six weeks before the window opened.
“In January we will see if we need to replace him or not. Now we are in that moment we are going to make the best decision for the club.
"In January we will see if we need to replace him or not. Now we are in that moment we are going to make the best decision for the club"
"I never close the possibility of any business in the transfer window if we
can do anything to give us an advantage."
Should City complete a move for the Ivorian, they'd likely have to wait until February to see him action as he's expected to play in the African Cup of Nations alongside Yaya Toure.