Sydney FC have stepped up their pursuit of Melbourne Victory attacker Kosta Barbarouses by offering him a lucrative, long-term marquee deal.
The Covert Agent can reveal the Sky Blues have put a three-year deal worth $2.5 million on the table in a huge show of faith from the club in the Kiwi.
Barbarouses is also weighing up two offers from the Middle East and has expressed a desire to play abroad again but with a baby on the way may be tempted to stay in Australia.
The 29-year-old is coming off the back of a career-best season with Victory where he scored 15 goals and picked up four assists in the A-League.
At this stage, it's unlikely Victory will be able to keep hold of Barbarouses with their Big Blue rivals now firming as his most likely destination.
After picking up their fourth A-League championship, Sydney FC have plenty of holes to fill in their frontline with skipper Alex Brosque retiring, while Siem de Jong and Reza Ghoochannejhad are both expected to return to their parent clubs after loan spells.
Barbarouses has previously played for Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and enjoyed spent brief stints abroad in Russia and Greece.