Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring Asmir Begovic to replace error-prone Joe Hart.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Citizens are willing to pay as much as £15million for the Bosnia & Herzegovina international.
The deal will see Joe Hart going to the Britannia Stadium until the end of the season in a bid to preserve his place for the World Cup next summer.
Former Portsmouth keeper Begovic is fancied by the Eastlands hierarchy and could be transferred to Manchester after back-up keeper Costel Pantilimon has failed to impress.
City will be able to use Begovic in the Champions League's knockout stages, but will have to pay a hefty fee to Stoke, although money don't seem to be a problem for the Citizens.
As for the other part of the deal, the Mirror reports that Hart will go on loan at Stoke until the end of the season snd will play under former manager Mark Hughes.
This will give the Potters a top keeper, with most of Hart's wages paid by Man City.
With Hart's place as England's number one keeper under pressure, he definitely can't afford to stay on the bench much longer and a swap deal with Begovic will suit all parties, with Hart receiving game-time in the top flight.
This could probably save Hart's place for the World Cup and will boost his confidence.
If it all goes well City will have to sell Hart, but will probably receive more money for him.
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