Transfer rumours: Sydney, City to unveil strikers

The Central Coast Mariners are set to unveil a former Liverpool youth signing, two Aussies are attracting League One interest, while Sydney FC and Melbourne City are close to signing overseas strikers.

As signalled by FourFourTwo two weeks ago, Zac Anderson has reunited with his former Mariners coach Graham Arnold at Sydney FC. The big defender’s signing rounds out Sydney’s backline options, with Anderson aiming to challenge incumbent Matthew Jurman for a spot in Sydney’s starting line-up alongside Jacques Faty. Reports of a batch of extra small-sized Sky Blue shirts, delivered to the club’s Macquarie University training base for the muscled centre back remain unconfirmed.

The big rumour still swirling around camp Sky Blue is the mooted signing of 31-year-old Slovakian Filip Holosko (main photo). The international striker has scored over 60 goals in the Turkish league and could fill Marc Janko’s big shoes admirably.

Janko – the 2015 A-League Golden Boot winner – was not renewed by Sydney due to his international commitments as Austria skipper. But with Holosko set to continue with the Slovak national side, on course to qualify for the 2016 European Championships in France, what exactly is the difference?

Further north and the Central Coast Mariners will unveil former Leicester City attacking midfielder Adam Dawson, as coach Tony Walmsley continues his UK scouting tour. The 23-year-old,who joined the Liverpool youth set up at age 14 and later signed with Wigan Athletic, has a patchy CV at best, having made almost every one of his 33 senior appearances in non-league football. A stint in Manchester’s red shirt - four games at rebel club FC United of Manchester - included. But the Mariners have a habit of developing latent talent so it’s too early to second guess Walmsley’s judgement.

 Across the Nullarbor, Perth Glory are set for crisis talks with marquee Irish striker Andy Keogh. As reported previously, Keogh was another of Glory’s contracted players to seek a release in the wake of Perth’s salary cap turmoil and would attract a number of A-League suitors. More to come on this story.

Still in Perth, and it appears that despite public pronouncements to the contrary, not all Glory players are on board with coach Kenny Lowe. Things aren’t well out west and departed striker Jamie Maclaren’s public thank you to Perth’s former coach and persona non grata, Alistair Edwards requires little reading between the lines.

Mark Bresciano’s announcement that he may consider a stint in the A-League has set tongues wagging. The Socceroo legend is not the player he once was but his 35-year-old legs have definitely one A-League season in them. Money will not be the sole determining factor, with Asian Champions League football a carrot as Bresciano seeks to end his career on a high.

Olyroo Jackson Irvine, 22, currently on the books of Glasgow Celtic, is wanted by SPL club Ross County, where the young defensive midfielder had made 25 appearances and scored two goals last season. Irvine has come on in leaps and bounds to grab the attention of national coach Ange Postecoglou, whose advice is to opt for playing time at this stage of his career.

Onto clubs and Football Federation Australia is actively pursuing backers as they look to add new teams to the A-League. Potential new clubs include a Southern Sydney-Wollongong side, aiming to tap into football-rich Sutherland Shire and Illawarra regions, and a joint A-League-NRL bid from Ipswich – a booming region in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs. South Melbourne and North Queensland’s Fury are also reportedly set to throw their hats into the ring while Canberra, thwarted time and again by the FFA, are considering their position.

And the rest:

Sean Rooney is looking to use new club Oakleigh Cannons as a stepping stone back to the A-League…Mark Milligan will look to undertake private fitness sessions in Abu Dhabi in a bid to remain in the Socceroo squad…Fulham’s Olyroos Adam Taggart and Cameron Burgess, who both received game time in Fulham’s 3-1 preseason win over Aston Villa in Portugal, are being chased by League One clubs…Liverpool’s talented attacking left back Brad Smith is set to go on loan to the Championship’s Ipswich Town, who have also been linked with Tommy Oar…former Wanderers striker Tomi Juric has been linked with top Polish club Legia Warsaw and Melbourne City is expected to round out their foreigner list with Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli…Nothing formal from City yet, but the former club of 'El Tuna' has already tweeted his pending arrival.