Joleon Lescott admits he would love Manchester City to try and prise striker Robin van Persie away from title rivals Arsenal.
The Blues defender would be happy if City used their financial powers to buy the Dutch ace, who has just 18 months left on his contract at the Emirates.
With talks over a new Gunners deal for the 28-year-old on hold until later in the season, Lescott insists a player like Van Persie would only add to the quality already at the Etihad Stadium.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have swapped Arsenal for Manchester in recent years and Arsene Wenger will be desperate not to let Van Persie leave North London.
But Lescott would welcome the forward, who is in line to break Alan Shearer's record for most Premier League goals in a calendar year.
The England defender told The Sun: "I wouldn't swap him for any of our strikers - but I'd take him as well.
"We'd welcome any great players here and he is one. He's the man for Arsenal at the moment and he's obviously their main goal threat.
"He's right up there with the best strikers around. As a forward you get judged on goals so at the moment he's the best in the league.
"He can score all sorts of goals, with either foot. His work-rate for the team is great as well."
What will the result be between Man City and Arsenal?
Man City win