The promising forward could debut for his new club in the Europa League, after the Serbian powerhouse belatedly met the terms of his transfer from Heart
Melbourne Heart have received their final instalment from Red Star Belgrade for Eli Babalj, paving the way for the Australia youth international to debut for the Serbian club in Thursday's Europa League tie with Bordeaux.
Speaking to Goal.com on Tuesday, Heart football operations manager John Didulica had dispelled rumours Babalj could return to the A-League club after the resignation of Red Star manager Robert Prosinecki on Monday.
Reports had claimed Serbian SuperLiga powerhouse Red Star were having trouble meeting the terms of the transfer, but Didulica revealed there had been just one outstanding payment left in the transfer of the 20-year-old forward and was hopeful it would be received within 24 hours.
Heart chief executive officer Scott Munn took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm Babalj's transfer had been processed, with Red Star's new No.9 now free to debut in the Europe League play-off round against the Ligue 1 side.
"Confirming we have approved transfer of Eli this afternoon. Pretty confident he will debut for Red Star tomorrow night," Munn wrote on Twitter.
Heart's leading scorer in the 2011-12 campaign, Babalj's move to Red Star - reportedly for a sum of AU$600,000 - was announced on June 7.
Born in Sarajevo but raised in Perth, the 194cm striker has been likened to former Socceroo Mark Viduka and has represented Australia at Under-20 level.