Sydney FC tracking Albanian strike ace - report

Sydney FC allegedly offered almost $1 million to lure Albanian striker Xhevahir Sukaj to Australia, according to a  European news report.

Sukaj, 28, currently plays for Partizani Tirana in the Albanian Superliga where he is top scorer with seven goals in seven games.

The 1.84m striker has one cap for his country which was in 2009 against Azerbaijan.

The Sky Blues did not re-sign last season’s A-League Golden Boot, Marc Janko, and during the first two games of the season have relied on veteran striker Shane Smeltz to lead the line.

Panorama Sport report sources close to Sukaj saying the player received a $300,000 a year, three-year offer from Sydney.

The A-League outfit, which has reportedly been tracking the striker for several weeks, has already filled its five visa spots.

Guest players can be signed for 14weeks.

Sukaj has an open contract with Partizani, which means he can leave for free in January.

Albanian journalist Ermal Kuka, who writes for the Shqip newspaper, told FourFourTwo a recent social media post by Sukaj did not reject the Sydney FC links.

“He wrote a Facebook post saying he isn't leaving the club but didn't deny talks,” he said.

Kuka said the international could be even better than fellow Albanian and  Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha

“He used to be a regular in the national teams up to Under -21,” Kuka said.

“He went abroad for his big break but has been unlucky two times with serious injuries.

“He has been playing in Iran the last few years. He came back in August and up to now he has been in top form here.

“He isn't a technically gifted guy but he can shoot well in the area. As far as I know he is more a forward than Besi. Berisha is primarily a winger although he is a good scorer, while Sukaj is more static – a typical forward.

“Just know that if he's good physically, he can easily be a 15-20 goals forward in the A League.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.