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Kruse eyeing Middle East move over A-League return - report

08:17 GMT+3 19/04/2019
Robbie Kruse Socceroos 2018
The Australian winger is set to leave Germany at season's end

Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse is expected to depart German club Bochum at the end of June and is interested in a move to the Middle East. 

According to The Daily Telegraph, the 30-year-old is open to all offers but is personally keen on securing a lucrative contract somewhere in the Middle East.

The region is no stranger to Australian players with current Socceroos Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman both contracted to Saudi Arabian clubs. 

Turning 31 in October, Kruse has featured just 14 times for Bochum in the Bundesliga 2 this campaign with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. 

While a return to the A-League hasn't be ruled out, it's understood clubs in the competition would struggle to meet his current wage demands. 

Prior to joining Bochum, Kruse spent a few months in China with Liaoning FC - a move that backfired as he was left chasing unpaid wages after playing just four games for the club.

Former Socceroo Mark Schwarzer recently questioned Kruse's decision to make such a move, describing it as 'almost suicidal'.  

Kruse began his career in the A-League with Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory before moving to Germany in 2011.

While Kruse has copped criticism from some circles for his performances on the international stage, he has sealed his place in the Socceroos side over the past few years and currently has 75 caps for the green and gold.