Melbourne Heart has emerged as a likely destination for former Australia international Richard Garcia - as long as the 30-year-old passes a medical. The former Hull City forward has spent his entire career in the United Kingdom after joining West Ham's academy in 1997. Garcia returned from long-term injury at the end of the 2011-12 Championship season but must prove his fitness if he is to sign at the A-League club, who may opt to employ the veteran in a central midfield role if they clinch his signature. "He played in that position when he was younger at West Ham and also played that sort of role in the Championship. This is the A-League, not the [English] Premier League or Championship, and he is a skilful player with good technique who can play in a central position here," Heart football operations manager John Didulica told The Age. "Kevin Muscat, who had spent all his life as a full-back and defender, showed when he came back and moved into midfield, where he had such an enormous impact for Melbourne Victory, that if you are a good player you can play that deeper role in the A-League."
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James Troisi's move to Italy's Serie A appears on the verge of going through, with the Australia international winger undergoing a medical at powerhouse Juventus. Troisi left Turkish Super Lig outfit Kayserispor after a pay dispute, and will move directly to Atalanta upon signing with Juventus. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the 24-year-old is part of a deal to help Juventus capture strike prospect Manolo Gabbiadini, who will in turn join Bologna on loan if his move is rubber stamped.
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina has been left delighted by his first glimpses of new Argentine signing Marcelo Carrusca. The 28-year-old former Estudiantes and Galatasaray attacker arrived in Adelaide last week to undergo a medical and subsequently seal his move, with the Reds now to work on his fitness in the hope of having him available for the first leg of their 2012 AFC Champions League quarter-final against Bunyodkor on September 19. "I wanted a left-sided midfielder, I wanted someone who was good in one on ones and I wanted a bit of elegance – not saying that we don't have it within the group already, but there are some guys who have got that little bit of extra specialness about them," Kosmina said.
Melbourne Victory midfield prospect Jimmy Jeggo is relishing the battle for a starting place at the club in the 2012-13 A-League season. The 20-year-old midfielder broke into Victory's side in the second half of last campaign, scoring his maiden goal with a long-range cracker against the Wellington Phoenix in the club's final home match of the season. But with the signing of Marcos Flores, Guilherme Finkler and Jonathan Bru and the return of Mark Milligan on a permanent deal, Jeggo knows he has a fight on his hands for a place in coach Ange Postecoglou's starting XI. "Whoever plays in there [midfield], you know, is going to have to play well week in, week out, because there is so much competition for spots," Jeggo told the club's website. "But it shouldn't be any other way. So it's just about working hard and playing well when you get the chance."