Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has conceded Sandro Wagner will join German champions Bayern Munich “in the next two weeks”.
The 30-year-old is a graduate of Bayern’s academy but he made just four Bundesliga appearances for the club before leaving for MSV Duisburg in 2008.
Wagner has also represented the likes of Werder Bremen, Kaiserslauten, Hertha Berlin and Darmstadt prior to linking up with Hoffenheim in the summer of 2016.
The striker bagged 11 goals in 31 Bundesliga outings during his first campaign with Hoffenheim, as they secured a place in the Champions League, while he has struck four times in nine games this term.
Bayern have been heavily linked with a move for Wanger since the summer, and, after months of negotiations, it appears a deal is on the verge of being struck.
The Bavarian side are keen to find a backup for Robert Lewandowski as they attempt to lift the league title for a sixth successive time.
Hoffenheim boss Nagelsmann has previously stressed the importance of keeping Wagner in their squad but his comments on Thursday suggest he will depart for Allianz-Arena next month.
Nagelsmann said: “I expect a deal to be done in the next two weeks.”
Bayern currently sit six points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga and can be backed at 1.44 to continue their fine run on Saturday when they travel to Eintracht Frankfurt, who are priced at 7.00 to claim a surprise win, while the draw is available at 4.75.