Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson wants to bring Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka back to Eastlands.

The News of the World says Anelka signed a new four-year deal at Bolton in the summer despite being linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium.

But the contract is widely believed to include a £10m get-out clause.

And with Bolton in disarray, both on and off the pitch, the departure of Anelka seems inevitable.

City have had problems up front where £8.8m capture Rolando Bianchi has struggled and Belgian Emile M'Penza has been preferred on occasions.

But neither look a prolific scorer which is why the clinical-finishing Anelka will be a transfer-window target on January 1.