The Mail Online understands that a number of clubs are on alert after David Villa revealed he could make a loan move following New York City’s failure to make the MLS play-offs.
The former Spain international moved to America last summer, and scored seventeen goals in twenty-eight league appearances.
Prior to the start of the MLS season, Villa had a brief spell with Australian A-League side Melbourne City, and he now looks set for another temporary move away.
Manchester City, the third prong on the City Football Group triangle are the front runners to make a move, with the Premier League leaders relatively short in terms of strikers.
Manuel Pellegrini has just teenage duo Patrick Roberts and Kelechi Iheanacho behind Wilfried Bony and Sergio Aguero in his first team, with the latter currently out for a month after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty with Argentina last week.