Sydney FC continue their chase of a big name, Daniel Georgievski could be headed for a Melbourne switch as the Newcastle Jets' coaching job comes closer to being filled.
To the A-League and while Graham Arnold’s publicly stated preference for a marquee attacker rather than midfielder has all but ruled out a chase for international star Andrea Pirlo, another player has cropped up on the Sydney FC radar. Former Serbian World Cup wide forward Milos Krasic, 30, has struggled to make the grade at Fenerbahce of late and looms large for the Sky Blues.
Still at Moore Park and Sydney FC have an Australian striker lined up but much depends on the type of marquee Arnold settles on first. Meanwhile, Milos Dimitrijevic is currently clearing his head amongst family in France and is rated 50-50 to re-sign for the Sky Blues.
Melbourne City are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for the top of the table. Hot on the heels of signing Ivan Franjic, they are in a tug-of-war with crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory for the services of Australian-born Macedonia left-back Daniel Georgievski. Victory have offered reduced terms to Georgievski and club legend Archie Thompson and while Thompson is not in City’s sights, Georgievski looks a distinct possibility.
The Western Sydney Wanderers are in close contact with a number of APIA Tigers’ NPL Youth League players as they build for next season’s NPL. The connection - Trevor Morgan, Wanderers assistant coach whose links with the Lambert Park club are set to pay dividends for Western Sydney.
The moves of Scott Neville and Jacob Pepper to the Wanderers have come about due to the uncertainty surrounding the Newcastle Jets’ coaching appointment. It is understood that the two former Jets were keen to remain at the Hunter but chose to secure their futures in Parramatta. In the meantime, it has come down to Mark Rudan and Damian Mori for the role of head coach at the Jets.
Wellington Phoenix may lose Socceroo Nathan Burns to Tokyo FC as the attacker chases a big-money move following an outstanding A-League season.
Released midfielder Peter Triantis will not have to move out of home to continue his A-League career and is likely to be doing a daily commute west or north next season, while former Sydney striker Blake Powell may be thrown a lifeline, with at least one A-League club expressing interest in his services.
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Tony Popovic is said to be seething at the loss of Young Socceroos winger Steve Kuzmanovski to City...the Wanderers are not the only A-League club that has made enquiries about Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones… Adelaide United’s Awer Mabil is keen on a European trial in August…Josh Risdon is being tracked by clubs in England but is expected to stay another season with Perth Glory before embarking on a European adventure.
Joao Pedro Watch – the right-back was substituted in the 78th minute of Brazil’s 3-0 demolition of North Korea, setting up a round-of-16 clash with Uruguay in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Brazil and Portugal are on track to meet in a blockbuster quarter-final that promises fireworks, if the pre-World Cup “friendly” that entertained Sydneysiders at Jubilee Oval last month is any indication.