Sydney FC have confirmed they are in talks with English striker Adam Le Fondre, who looks set to join the A-League powerhouse after securing his exit from Bolton Wanderers.
The English Championship side announced on Wednesday morning (AEST) during the middle of their clash with Leeds United that Le Fondre had been granted an immediate release from his contract, in order to pursue what was described as the "opportunity of a lifetime" presented to him by an overseas club.
Reports in the English press identified that club as Sydney FC, who have been on the lookout for a new striker since A-League golden boot Bobo's departure to Turkey.
According to Bolton coach Phil Parkinson, Le Fondre has been offered a three-year deal.
A Sydney spokesperson said: "Adam is one of a number of players we are talking to but at the moment no deal has been completed."
"We are continuing to discuss options with a number of different players and will confirm to our members first as soon as any deal is done."
However, all indications are that Le Fondre will be a Sky Blues player imminently - though it's understood he will be signed under the salary cap and not as a marquee player.
"(Le Fondre) came to see me, told me he was offered a three-year deal abroad and it was a great opportunity for his family and his wife. Would we let him go?" Parkinson told reporters after the 2-1 defeat to Leeds.
"It is very difficult to stand in the way of players at that age when they get that security and life experience, so we decided to let it happen."
Nicknamed 'Alfie', the 31-year-old has spent the last two seasons at Bolton, where he is a fan favourite, scoring 13 goals in 54 league appearances - 20 of them as a substitute.
He hit his peak with a 12-goal return for Reading in the Premier League during the 2012-13 campaign, but Le Fondre has spent the rest of his career playing in England's second and third tiers.
Le Fondre has also spent time at Rotherham United, Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.
Australian Associated Press