A couple more names to throw into the rumour hat.
Sky sports are suggesting City are amongst a little group of Premier teams (Sunderland QPR) said to be watching Rayo Vallecano midfielder Piti. A former team-mate of Swansea sensation Michu and the two players have been likened to each other in their style of play.
His performances for Rayo have alerted a number of English clubs with the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Norwich all keeping tabs on him. His current deal expires at the end of the season and due to Rayo's financial problems they could be forced to cash-in on him during this month's transfer window.
A number of clubs are expected to watch Piti in action against Athletic Bilabo on Friday night as they weigh up moves for the playmaker.
The second is Illombe Mboyo, who turns out for Belgian side Gent born in Zaire, former youth team mate of Vincent Kompany at Anderlect. He has a rather dubious past being involved in a Brussels street gang Mafia Africaine, who terrorised the city, and he was sentenced to eight years in prison for his part in the gang rape of a 14-year-old.
He spent three years behind bars before joining former Scotland star John Collins at Charleroi as part of a scheme aimed at rehabilitating offenders. His inclusion in the national team sparked furious protests. Even Belgian captain Vincent Kompany made an impassioned plea for him to be accepted.
He also has the claim to possibily the worst penalty ever taken.
While the guy has served his sentence and paid his dues, I fear he would be a major target for supporters up and down the land, leading to a very uncomfortable time.