Socceroos goalkeeper Mitch Langerak looks set to be Stuttgart's number one in 2016-17 after his main rival left the club on Thursday.
Stuttgart, who will play in the 2. Bundesliga in the upcoming campaign, have sold Przemyslaw Tyton to Deportivo La Coruna.
Knee and thigh injuries kept Langerak behind Tyton in the pecking order at Stuttgart last term after the former had impressed in pre-season.
The Australian made just two Bundesliga appearances as Stuttgart were relegated for the first time in their history.
Tyton's departure and the arrival of German gloveman Jens Grahl, who has spent his entire career as a back-up goalkeeper, could see Langerak get the game time he needs to challenge Mat Ryan for the Socceroos' number one shirt.
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In other transfer news, former Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners centre-back Zac Anderson has signed a two-year contract with Emirates Club in the Arabian Gulf League.
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Anderson, 25, made just four A-League appearances for Sydney last season.
The defender has effectively replaced former Socceroos midfielder Brett Holman as Emirates Club's Asian Football Confederation-based import under the 3+1 rule.
Meanwhile, reports in Scotland indicate ex-Socceroos striker Scott McDonald won't sign for Hibernian.
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon confirmed his interest in McDonald earlier in the week but it is understood the Australian has rejected the Scottish Championship club.
McDonald is a free agent after playing for Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership last season, scoring 10 goals in 37 games.