"We are looking for another striker to compensate the departure of Andy Johnson, and we think Moteb would be the best option", said a club source to the newspaper.

"The player could join the team before the end of transfer window, and only Moteb has the right to choose where he wants to go!" The striker already has a work permit from his aborted deal to join Bristol City.

However, a stumbling block could be Moteb has recently signed a season-long loan deal with Saudi sides Ittihad Jeddah for £800,000.