Manchester City have agreed a deal for Brazilian international Afonso Alves, according to reports in Holland.
It is reported that City owner Thaksin Shinawatra flew to Amsterdam on Wednesday to open talks with Heerenveen and that a €20 million deal was agreed with Alves becoming a Manchester City player in January.
Heerenveen director Yme Kuiper refused to comment on the speculation surrounding their leading scorer.
“Obviously the rumour machine concerning Alves has gathered pace and our policy is not to react to rumours,” he said.
Alves has attracted attention in recent seasons after he moved to Heerenveen in 2006 from Malmo. During his first season he scored 31 goals in 34 games and this season he has 10 including a staggering seven-goal haul against Heracles.
City have been looking to bolster their attacking options since summer signing Valeri Bojinov sustained a serious knee injury in his first start for the club in August.