MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Mark Milligan of Australia heads the ball during the Brasil Global Tour match between Australian Socceroos and Brazil at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 13, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Melbourne Victory is reportedly close to securing former skipper and Socceroo Mark Milligan.

Milligan, who captained the side to the 2014-15 A-League Championship, left in 2015 on a lucrative deal to UAE club, Baniyas.

However, with his two-year deal expired and the side recently relegated he is on the look out for a new club.

Milligan was on the verge of joining English Champions side Bolton Wanderers, before he was denied a work permit to join the club due to strict FA rules on non-EU passport players scuppered the deal.

The World Game reports the Victory are confident of luring Milligan back to AAMI Park and are willing to offer the 31-year-old an $800,000 per year deal.

Milligan made 74 appearances with the Victory in three seasons, scoring 11 times. He has also played 59 games for Australia and netted six goals.