Heart cool on Jarosik link as Kewell arrival nears

Melbourne Heart appear unlikely to make a move for former Chelsea midfielder Jiri Jarosik, but are preparing for the arrival of veteran signings Harry Kewell and Rob Wielaert

Melbourne Heart have not had talks with former Chelsea man Jiri Jarosik, despite the veteran midfielder having been offered to the A-League club.

The 35-year-old - capped 23 times by the Czech Republic - is available after leaving Sparta Prague in his homeland, having made 20 league starts under former Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka in season 2012-13.

Jarosik also featured in the 2012-13 Europa League as Sparta eventually bowed out to Chelsea in the Round of 32, but it seems he will not be pursued by Heart.

"He's been offered to a few clubs, and obviously we're one of them," Heart football operations manager John Didulica told Goal Australia.

"[There's] nothing further than that.  I personally haven't spoken to him.  We get players offered to us all the time.  We get dozens of players [offered] and it's probably just one of those."

Heart have already landed two veterans over the off-season, with both Socceroos favourite Harry Kewell and former Ajax defender Rob Wielaert set to arrive in Melbourne and join training next week.

With 18 players contracted for the 2013-14 A-League season, there is more transfer activity on the way for Heart.

"They'll get into it, which is good.  It'll be good to have them here early July, so it gives them three-and-a-bit months," he said.

"We're still working on a number of other foreigners... We've got to find a reserve goalkeeper, but we're 95 percent of the way there."

Central defender Wielaert, 34, stands at 180cm but will have no trouble making an impact at Heart, according to Didulica.

He effectively replaces released former captain Simon Colosimo, and will "complement" central defensive options David Vrankovic and Patrick Gerhardt.

"He's a really great organiser, [a] smart player," Didulica said.

"He knows the game inside out.  He was an Ajex signing in 2009 for 3 million, so he's no mug.

"He knows his way around a football field and I think that experience and that knowledge will rub off."

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