Cologne have rejected a bumper offer of €50 million from China for prolific French striker Anthony Modeste but admit he could move to the English Premier League.
Modeste has scored 22 of Cologne's 37 goals this season.
Modeste's contract runs until 2021 and Cologne vice president Toni Schumacher said: "We are happy that we have turned down the offer from China.
"First it was for 40 million, then 50 million, but he left no one in doubt that he wants to stay with Cologne," Schumacher told Sky Sport News on Thursday.
He did not say which team made the offer, but reports say it was Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who have also been linked with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.