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Melbourne Heart have been linked with a move for former England international Michael Owen. The veteran forward is on the lookout for a new club after his release from Manchester United at the end of the 2011-12 English Premier League season, and The Age claim the Heart have made contact with his representatives. The A-League club have no visa spots left in its squad, but the Melbourne newspaper reports a 10-match guest stint could be an option for both club and player. The 32-year-old has battled injuries since leaving Liverpool in 2004, and made just 52 appearances - scoring 17 goals - in his three-year stint at United.
The Brisbane Roar will unveil a new international player signing on Tuesday. The reigning A-League premiers have two visa spots vacant in their squad, with Canadian winger Issey Nakajima-Farran and Bahraini defender Mohamed Adnan departing since the end of the 2011-12 campaign. The identity of the Roar's new man will be revealed after training.
Former Roar midfielder Adam Sarota, meanwhile, appears set to return to the A-League, with the Western Sydney Wanderers favourite to land the Australia international on-loan from Eredivisie outfit FC Utrecht. Sarota has struggled for consistent playing time since joining Utrecht in the same deal that landed Tommy Oar and Michael Zullo at Stadion Galgenwaard, making just 15 league appearances after arriving in 2010. Most of the 23-year-old's wage will reportedly be paid by Utrecht, making him an attractive proposition for A-League clubs - including the Wanderers. "He would be a perfect fit for a lot of A-League clubs," former Socceroo David Mitchell - charged by Utrecht to find Sarota a club in Australia - told The Courier Mail. "Adam wants to come back to Australia and play regularly and force his way back into the Socceroos. Utrecht said it would be a good move so he has the chance to play regular football at a good level."
Former Australia youth-team coach Jan Versleijen has been sacked by Chinese Super League club Henan Construction. The Dutchman - coach of Australia's Under-20 and Under-17 sides until December - had only been appointed Henan manager in January 2012. But his team had been mired in the relegation zone for much of the season, and Versleijen received his marching orders after Sunday's 2-0 loss to Shanghai Shenxin. Replaced by local coach Shen Xiangfu, Versleijen may not be jobless for long, having been linked with the role left vacant by Diego Maradona at UAE Pro-League club Al Wasl. Versleijen is well known in the UAE, spending time at the helms of Al-Jazira, Al Shaab and Al Wahda earlier in his career.