Underperforming and unloved Melbourne City marquee Robi Koren could be on his way out of the A-League club.
The Herald Sun reports Koren is in talks with the club for a release from his contract during the January transfer window.
The 35-year-old Slovenian has failed to produce performances worthy of the marquee role during his time at the club, enduring his fair share of injuries over two A-League seasons.
He was left out of City's squad for last Saturday's 3-2 win over Western Sydney, showing coach John van `t Schip the club could beat the best without their highest-paid player.
Koren's agent Sam Stapleton suggested there was will from both player and club to resolve the situation.
"He's not playing as much as he should be so we have to take stock of the situation, from both sides," Stapleton was quoted as saying.
"We continue to have conversations in order to determine what's best for Robi and for the club.
"If Robi remains until the end of the season then he will give 110 per cent and fight for his place as he always has done."
City are likely to shoot for the stars this January, targeting a high-profile guest player to bolster their title bid.
The club can also sign an injury replacement player for Corey Gameiro, who suffered an ACL rupture in November.
The same report says Koren is unlikely to play in Melbourne City's trip to Perth this weekend with a hamstring complaint.