City have completed the signing of England striker Darius Vassell for £2m from Aston Villa.
The 25-year old striker flew home from Villa's pre-season tour of Sweden to agree personal terms on the four year contract. He successfully concluded a medical on Tuesday afternoon and will join his first training session with his new team mates this morning.
The acquisition of the pacey forward comes hot on the heels of the arrival of Andrew Cole from Fulham and adds much needed experience to the young squad.
Vassell, who has 22 international caps to his name, has played for Villa since signing for them as a teenager and made his debut appearance for them as an 18-year-old in 1998.
He is likely to make his first team debut in one of the coming weekend's two friendly fixtures, away at either Stoke City or Sheffield Wednesday.