Paraguay international striker Roque Santa Cruz will issue a 'come and get me' call to the Premier League's north-west teams.
Santa Cruz is currently back training with the reserves after returning to Manchester City this summer following a loan spell with Real Betis last season.
The 30-year-old was left behind by Blues boss Roberto Mancini from the club's recent pre-season tour in Austria and is also set to miss out when City fly out to China this weekend.
But Santa-Cruz could now be thrown a precious lifeline with the likes of Everton and Wigan Athletic monitoring his situation.
Manchester City will be chasing glory on four fronts this season. They can be backed at 2.10 to win the Premier League title, 7.50 to claim the Champions League, 6.00 to secure the FA Cup and 7.00 to clinch the Capital One Cup.
Betis have decided against making the player's stay in La Liga permanent, his £90,000-a-week wages proving a difficult stumbling block.
City are looking to recoup a fee in the region of £1million, having handed £17.5million to Blackburn Rovers for his services in 2009.
The former Bayern Munich star now has a young family and does not want to uproot them again from the area unless he can guarantee a permanent deal somewhere.
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