Eastlands outfit ask to bring in keeper to help cover injury crisis.
Manchester City have asked the Premier League for permission to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season.
And BBC Sport understands the request is set to be granted, even though the transfer window closed on 1 February.
Shay Given will miss City’s last three games after dislocating a shoulder in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.
Stuart Taylor is also out and Joe Hart is on loan at Birmingham, which leaves only the inexperienced Gunnar Nielsen.
The Faroe Islands international had never played in the Premier League until the last 17 minutes of the draw at the Emirates, where Given had to leave the field on a stretcher.
However, manager Roberto Mancini has no back-up for Nielsen and cannot risk losing another goalkeeper at such a crucial stage as the club push for the fourth Champions League place.
Sixth-placed City cannot recall England international Hart under the terms of his season-long loan deal at St Andrew’s, while former Arsenal keeper Taylor is still recovering from knee surgery.
Republic of Ireland international Given has been an integral figure between the posts for City since joining from Newcastle in February 2009.
His presence as City’s number one keeper forced Hart, 23, to seek first-team opportunities outside of Eastlands.
Nielsen joined City in 2009 on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers after a loan spell with Blue Square Premier side Wrexham. (BBC Sport)
I would imagine that the Premier League would indeed allow Man City to bring in an emergency loan player as they have done so before, but is there any reason why Roberto Mancini can not cancel Joe Hart’s loan period at Birmingham City? I guess there isn’t otherwise the club would surely have done so, not least because the youngster is a damn fine keeper.
So that only leaves the issue of exactly who is available to be picked