The 22-year-old 1860 Munich utility is understood to be close to agreeing to a six-figure deal with an undisclosed Chinese club.

Degenek has been part of 1860’s training camp in Portugal for the past 10 days.

The five-time Socceroo is out of contract with the German 2.Bundesliga club at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

Degenek has made nine appearances this term for the German 2.Bundesliga club, but missed a month of action with a knee injury from late September to late October.

If the switch goes through, Degenek would join a long list of Aussies in China, including Matthew Spiranovic, Trent Sainsbury, Ryan McGowan and Apostolos Giannou.

Robbie Kruse and James Holland have also been linked with moves to China in recent weeks.

Speculation has mounted about the impact of the Chinese Football Association’s change to the number of foreign players permitted to play at the same time in the Super League.

Under the new rule, clubs can only field three foreign players at the same time in the Super League, which was previously restricted to four.