Adelaide United are tight-lipped on speculation a former Bundesliga manager will be the next coach of the A-League club.
German Marco Kurz is close to agreeing to terms to join the Reds, Fairfax Media is reporting.
An Adelaide United spokesman is refusing to comment on the report as the club searches for a replacement for Spanish coach Guillermo Amor, who departed at the end of the A-League season.
Kurz has had extensive coaching experience in his native Germany over the past decade, including a stint with FC Kaiserslautern in the top-flight Bundesliga.
The 48-year-old, who had a distinguished playing career in Germany, was most recently coach of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the second Bundesliga -- a tenure that lasted just four months until he was sacked in March last year.
Argentinian great Gabriel Batistuta has also been linked with Adelaide since the exit of Amor, who delivered the Reds a first A-League championship in 2015-16.
But Adelaide, hampered by an exodus of players after their title, struggled under Amor in the recently-completed season, finishing ninth with only five wins.