Borussia Dortmund have drawn up a three-man list of potential replacements for Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski - and Manchester City hitman Edin Dzeko is top of it.
Lewandowski helped fire Dortmund to the Bundesliga title last season with 22 goals in 34 outings for the champions.
And he has picked up where he left off with 16 in 21 so far this term.
But the Poland international is out of contract in June 2014 and has so far decided against penning a new deal with the club.
That means Dortmund will have to sell him this summer - or January at the latest - or risk losing him for nothing, with United and Bayern Munich both keen on signing him.
And now, according to Bild, Dortmund have already identified strikers who could fill the void left by powerful frontman Lewandowski.
One of those is Dzeko, who has struggled to hold down a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s City team since his £27m move from Wolfsburg in January 2011.
The Bosnian striker was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in the 2009-10 season and has admitted he would love to play in Germany again one day.
And Dortmund could hand him that chance as early as this summer, should they sell Lewandowski.
Another name on Dortmund’s wanted list is Manchester United flop Mame Biram Diouf, who has rediscovered himself at Hannover.
The Senegalese forward failed to break into the first team in three years at United and left for Germany in January 2012.
And Dortmund see him as a viable option after he scored 10 goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances so far this term.
Diouf's Hannover team-mate Mohammed Abdellaoue, 27, is the final name on the champions' shortlist. The Norwegian international has scored seven in 18 this season.