Western Sydney Wanderers will sign an attacking player with their fifth and final visa spot for the 2016-17 season.
Wanderers have already signed Japanese midfielder Jumpei Kusukami, Uruguayan defensive midfielder Bruno Pinatares and Spanish centre back Aritz Borda this off-season, along with Aussies Robbie Cornthwaite, Steve Lustica and Jerrad Tyson.
Foreign quartet Alberto, Andreu, Romeo Castelen and Federico Piovaccari have all left along with key attacking duo Mark Bridge and Dario Vidosic.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s FFA Cup clash with Wellington Phoenix, Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said the club was looking for an attacking-minded foreigner to fill the visa fifth spot.
“It’s earmarked for an attacking player,” Popovic said.
“We’re looking at all options. We’ve had discussions with numerous players.
“Whether they’re wingers, strikers, number 10, certainly it’s in the attacking third we’re looking to add more quality there to make us more competitive and the squad stronger.
“We’re confident we’ll find the right player.”
Piovaccari was underwhelming as one of Wanderers’ marquees last term, while the departed Vidosic was their other marquee player.
Popovic said Wanderers were looking at their marquee options for 2016-17.
“You’re always searching for players to make a difference and that’s what we’re looking for,” he said.
“If we can find one in the attacking third that makes a difference, whether it’s scoring or creating, that’s something we want to bring to this club.
“We won’t just bring anyone with a name, we want someone who’ll fit into what we’re trying to do at the club and also make the fans happy.”
Popovic also revealed the club still had a bit more work to do in the player market before it settled on its squad.
“There’s more to come. We’ve still got three places available,” Popovic said.
“Whether we fill all those spots right now is a question, we’ll see.
“If we believe there’s players out there that can make our squad better, than they’ll come in, if not we’ll wait and be patient with our decisions.”
Popovic also said full-back Scott Jamieson, who FourFourTwo revealed has had interest from a club in Sweden, was still firmly part of his plans.
“That’s part and parcel of football,” Popovic said.
“Players are always spoken about and it’s a credit to the players that they had such a successful season last year that there’s interest abroad for them.”
When pressed on the latest on Jamieson’s future, Popovic said: “He’s a Wanderers player, so he’s here.”comments