Edin Dzeko is reportedly close to joining Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in the ongoing transfer window.
According to Bild, the Bosnian international is willing to take a pay-cut and sign a performance-based contract in order to make a move to last year's Bundesliga runners-up before Friday's 11pm GMT transfer deadline.
Since the arrival of Alvaro Negredo in the summer, Dzeko had found himself down the pecking order behind the Spaniard and Sergio Aguero. The 27-year-old has made 11 starts in the league this season.
Dzeko's contract with his current employers runs out in 2015. He has had a difficult time in securing a place in City's starting XI and was earlier this month linked with a move to La Liga side Valencia.
The striker is no stranger to the Bundesliga following his stint with Wolfsburg before joining the Citizens in January 2011. He established himself at the Volkswagen Arena with his composure in front of goal, finishing as the league's top scorer with 22 goals during the 2009/10 campaign.
Jurgen Klopp will be keen on adding an experienced and a proven goal scorer in the Bundesliga to his squad in order to replace the departing Robert Lewandowski who has agreed to join rivals Bayern Munich in the summer on a free transfer.
Aguero limped out with pain in his right hamstring on Wednesday and the extent of his latest setback still remains unclear. With injury to their top scorer in the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini will surely not consider putting the goal scoring burden on Negredo by allowing Dzeko to leave the Etihad mid-season.
Meanwhile, Dzeko also got his name on the score sheet during City's 5-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Wednesday. Aguero, Yaya Toure, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany also scored past Hugo Lloris to complete a double and help their team gain three valuable points against the north London club.
Following the victory against Spurs, Pellegrini's side find themselves on top of the table with 53 points from 23 matches, one point more than second placed Arsenal. City will now welcome Chelsea in their next league clash on 3 February.