Manchester City are one step closer to signing Hamburg's Nigel de Jong after agreeing a fee for his services.
The Bundesliga outfit have reached an agreement with the Eastlands club for the 24-year-old former Ajax ace's signature.
Earlier on Monday, City boss Mark Hughes confirmed his desire the sign the highly-rated defensive midfielder and now he is free to hold talks with the Holland international.
Hamburg spokesman Joern Wolf said: "The two clubs have reached agreement. Now de Jong has to agree with Manchester City."
City are currently looking to bring Brazilian playmaker Kaka to the City of Manchester Stadium, but Hughes clearly has one eye on giving greater protection to his defence in the shape of de Jong.
De Jong has spent two seasons with Hamburg after joining from Ajax in January 2006.
If City land the 24-year-old it would be their second raid on the club this term following the acquisition of Vincent Kompany in the summer.