WESTERN Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley is set to leave the club to take up an offer overseas.
The Wanderers released a statement on Thursday confirming that Topor-Stanley would be given permission to pursue the offer from an unnamed club.
“NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley was today given permission by the Club and granted temporary leave to pursue an overseas opportunity and will be unavailable for Friday night’s match against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium,” the statement said.
Topor-Stanley is believed to be on the verge of joining UAE Pro League outfit Hatta Sports Club.
One of two remaining foundation players at the Wanderers, the 31-year-old did not feature in the round one Sydney derby clash on Saturday night due to suspension.
Rumours emerged last season that several Asian clubs had taken interest in the former Socceroo, with representatives travelling to Australia to watch the defender in action for Western Sydney.
The Wanderers were believed to be open to offloading Topor-Stanley to free up salary cap space, with a number of centre-backs on its roster for the 2016/17 A-League season.
However, the Red and Black’s defensive fragilities were exposed in the weekend’s demolition at the hands of bitter rivals Sydney FC.
The Sky Blues put four second-half goals past goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, a result of some hesitant and disorganised defending from a backline that included two Wanderers debutants at the heart of defence.
Coach Tony Popovic confirmed on Thursday that Topor-Stanley was in line to start against reigning A-League champions Adelaide on Friday night, with Aritz Borda suspended after receiving a straight red car against Sydney.
"The situation with Nikolai has changed this morning where he's got an opportunity possibly overseas that we're allowing him to have a look at today and possibly pursue," he said.
"He won't be available for tomorrow but we've got Jonathan [Aspropotamitis] and Brendan Hamill that are ready to step in."