Reports in the Italian media suggest the Australian attacker will move to Belgium rather than play in the A-League this season
It appears James Troisi won’t be coming back to the A-League this season, with reports the Socceroos attacker is close to signing with Belgian club Zulte Waregem.
Troisi spent last season at Melbourne Victory on loan from Italian champions Juventus and Adelaide United were hopeful of bringing him back home on a similar deal this season.
The 26-year-old from Adelaide has been back in training with the Juve squad in Turin as he looks to sort out his immediate future.
And it appears something is about to happen with reports the Bianconeri are ready to sell the classy midfielder to the Belgian Pro League club.
James Troisi (26) is ready to sign for the Belgian side Zulte Waregem. Possible announcements are expected shortly, according to @DiMarzio.— Khaled Al Nouss (@KhaledAlNouss) August 26, 2014
In a story in the Adelaide Advertiser last week, Adelaide director of football Michael Petrillo confirmed the club were hopeful of finalizing a deal for Troisi.
"We're still very interested if a deal can be worked out," Petrillo said last week.
"We know he's gone back to sort out some issues with Juventus."
Troisi has also been linked with a return to Victory, as well as a move to Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2014-15 A-League season.
If Troisi does move to Belgium he will join fellow Australia international Mat Ryan in the Pro League, with the latter playing for Club Brugge, while he will continue a long tradition of Australians playing in the Belgian top tier including Archie Thompson, Paul Okon and Frank Farina.
Zulte-Waregem aren't one of Belgium's traditional powerhouses but have become more prominent in the past decade, winning the Belgian Cup in 2006, while they finished fourth in the league last season, followoing on from their second-placed finish in 2012-13.