Manchester City is in advanced talks to sign USA international goalkeeper Zack Steffen from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew, The Athletic reports
It was reported by The Sun at the weekend that the city was lining up a move for the 23-year-old, and citing sources, American website The Athletic says a deal is close.
According to 'multiple sources with knowledge of the deal', talks are an advanced stage and should they conclude successfully, Steffen will join Manchester City on January 1st.
The transfer fee will be among the biggest in the MLS history and is expected to be between $ 7 million (£ 5.5 million) and $ 10 million (£ 7.8 million). That would put it up there with Alphonso Davies' move to Bayern Munich, which could eventually reach $ 19 million, and Jozy Altidore's $ 10 million transfer to Villarreal in 2008.
A work permit could be difficult to acquire right away for City, so there is a good chance that Steffen will be loaned abroad.
In the long-term, the highly-rated American will be the back-up goalkeeper to Ederson, replacing Claudio Bravo and playing in cup games.