Trent Sainsbury could be on the verge of linking up with former Socceroos assistant coach Mark van Bommel at Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven.
Sainsbury has been in discussions with English side Queens Park Rangers about a move, but with his Chinese club Jiangsu Suning demanding a fee of around $1 million for the centre-half, who is out of contract in January, negotiations have stalled.
The English transfer window closes on Thursday, which has also muddied the waters and West London Sport are reporting that van Bommel, who took over as coach of PSV after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has moved in to sign the 26-year-old.
Sainsbury spent two years playing in the Netherlands with PEC Zwolle before moving to China in 2016 and was one of Australia's better performers at the FIFA World Cup in Russia where van Bommel was part of the coaching staff under Bert van Marwijk.
The transfer window in Europe remains open until August 31 which gives PSV time to negotiate a reduced fee with Jiangsu, who have so far refused to budge from their initial asking price for a player who has been demoted to the reserve team.
Should a deal fail to materialise, Sainsbury could find himself well short of match practice for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which starts in January.