Owen Hargreaves could be set for an incredible move to Manchester City after he was reported to have undergone a three-hour medical on Tuesday.
A picture of Hargreaves leaving the Bridgewater Hospital appeared on The Sun's website, with the player keen to secure a move after being released by Manchester United this summer because of a string of injury concerns that have hindered his career to date.
Hargreaves, who last played for England in 2008, had been linked with a move to West Brom and Tottenham, but now Roberto Mancini looks likely to offer him a short-term deal as he seeks cover in central midfield for Yaya Toure's winter absence when the Ivorian is at the African Cup of Nations.
City defender Joleon Lescott has backed the proposed move. He said: "Owen is an experienced player, he has played in the Champions League, is an international. It is only going to be good for the City squad if he signs.
"I've worked with Owen at England level and he is a great professional. People ask if it represents a gamble but the club know what they are doing, Owen knows what he is doing. He is still a good player.
"He hasn't played as much as he would have liked over the last couple of seasons but the medical team we have is very good and very strong.
"If we can get him fit, I'm sure it won't be very long before he is back to his best. He will be a player with a point to prove after his injuries.''
Joe Hart also voiced his support for the deal, adding: "It would be a good signing. Obviously, Owen Hargreaves has done great for Bayern Munich. He has struggled a bit since he came to Manchester United but that is not down to ability, just his fitness.
"If he can get himself fit and does sign for Manchester City, it can only be a positive. He was a very important England player. If he can get back to that form, obviously he would be an asset.''
Earlier, AC Milan midfielder Mark van Bommel revealed that he was the subject of a bid from big-spending City, but turned them down.