Borussia Dortmund are closing in on securing Edin Dzeko's signature.
The German club are confident that Dzeko will move to the Westfalenstadion in the winter transfer window, and the player himself is willing to take a pay-cut in order to force the move, according to Bild.
The Bosnian has not had a regular starting place since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium, but has still scored a fair number of goals during his time at Manchester City. The 27-year-old has scored 56 goals during his time with City.
The strike partnership of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo means that Dzeko has started just ten matches in the league this season, and will not get many chances if both the first choice strikers stay fit.
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp sees Dzeko as a replacement for the departing Robert Lewandowski, who will join rivals Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Dzeko's contract runs out in June 2015 and it will be difficult for City to get close to the 27 million they paid Wolfsburg to sign the 6ft 4in striker.