Aston Villa striker Milan Baros could be on the move after just one season in the Midlands, having emerged as a leading target for German club SV Hamburg.
The Bundesliga outfit are understood to be prepared to offer around #8million for Baros's services, which is #1 million more than Villa paid Liverpool last August.
The 24-year-old Baros finished as Villa's leading scorer last season with 12 goals, but was only a qualified success in the Premiership.
Villa manager David O'Leary had been hoping he would make a big impression at the World Cup to increase his transfer value but the Czech international missed out through injury.
O'Leary has already been told by club chairman Doug Ellis that he will have to sell existing players if he wants to bring in new blood and Baros's departure should give him some much-needed financial clout.
Hamburg have not made any official contact with Villa, although they are hopeful of speaking to O'Leary soon to sound out his exact position on Baros.
As an insurance against not being successful in landing Baros, however, Hamburg are also keeping tabs on Nuremberg striker Robert Vittek. The 24-year-old Slovakian scored 16 goals in 30 appearances for his club last season.
Meanwhile, O'Leary is looking to bring in a quality centre-half, with Danish international Martin Laursen's long-term future not certain after his knee problem; a competitive midfielder is also required to ease the strain on Gavin McCann and Steven Davis.
Ellis has made it clear he is looking for a vast improvement on last season when Villa flirted with the relegation zone for much of the campaign.
* England full-back Luke Young has shelved a transfer request and pledged his longterm future to Charlton Athletic after a proposed move to West Ham United fell through.
Neither club would comment on reports that Young failed a medical at Upton Park.