The Indonesia Super League outfit wants to add the striker to their squad once he gains citizenship, but their claims of an enquiry have been shot down by the Reds
|By PADDY HIGGS
Adelaide United have denied receiving an enquiry for striker Sergio van Dijk, despite Indonesia Super League club Persib Bandung claiming the striker is open to a move.
Persib officials told media on Friday they had sent a letter to the club asking about van Dijk's availability, with speculation long linking the 30-year-old to a move to Indonesia, where he has family ties.
Netherlands-born van Dijk, 30, is in the final stages of gaining an Indonesian passport through his ancestry, which could increase speculation of a move away from the Reds.
Persib marketing director Muhammad Farhan told reporters the club was waiting for a response from Adelaide, and that they had been encouraged to make a move after contacting van Dijk.
But Reds director Michael Petrillo told Goal.com the frontman - third on the A-League's all-time goalscoring charts - was a required player and had not been the subject of any enquiry.
"That's not correct. We've had no offers at all for Sergio up to this point in time," Petrillo said.
"We've heard that talk for three or four weeks now… There's nothing concrete."
On Persib's contact with van Djik, Petrillo said: "I haven't heard anything at all - it's all news to me."
Indonesian clubs are permitted five foreign players in their squad, and their full complement in season 2012 included former Perth Glory and Sydney FC defender Jamie Coyne.
All five are yet to resign as a starting date for Indonesia's top-flight is yet to be decided, but they remain required and Persib is keen on adding van Dijk as a local player once his citizenship has been processed.
"We're still exploring our options because Van Dijk still has one year of his contract at Adelaide," Persib marketing director Muhammad Farhan told reporters on Friday.
"We haven't spoken about numbers... For a transfer fee, we have to reach a deal with Adelaide first, because we don't know about Van Dijk's contract.
"It's not true if people say that we'll after him no matter how much it costs… we have our limitation."
"… Adelaide haven't replied our letter yet. Sergio is soon to be Indonesian. We're encouraged to send the letter because we have communicated with Sergio."
Reports in Indonesia state Persib would consider a loan deal for van Dijk if they are priced out of a permanent deal for the forward: "If we add a naturalised player [Van Dijk], that will make our front line more superior. We hope we can achieve it, but if not we're already preparing our team," Persib coach Nurjaman said.
- With Goal.com Indonesia