Clubless veteran Harry Kewell could be set to join Melbourne Heart - rivals of former club Victory - after holding talks with the A-League club
|By ROBERT SOMERS
Socceroos veteran Harry Kewell is reportedly on the verge of signing with Melbourne Heart in a move that would reunite the 34-year-old with 2006 World Cup team-mate and Heart coach John Aloisi.
Heart chief executive Scott Munn confirmed Heart's interest in the Australian international to News Ltd on Tuesday.
"We are keen to sign him, but no deal has been done," Munn said.
"I'd be lying if I said [coach] John Aloisi hadn't spoken to him, but he spoke to several players while in Europe.
"We believe he'd be a fantastic addition and we need players with a winner's mentality."
Injury-plagued Kewell has played just three games - for Qatari club Al-Gharafa - since leaving Heart's cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory in March 2012 to return to England to be closer to his family and ill mother in-law.
He failed to attract interest from English Premier League clubs last season and infamously arrived at Stoke for a trial only to be turned away.
However, it appears Heart, who are looking to re-build their squad in a bid to grow their membership base and crowds, are keen to use Kewell to increase the club's profile.
There are reports Kewell will earn just $48,000 in 2013-2014, meaning Aloisi's recruitment drive could deliver more high-profile players.
The news comes less than a week since Socceroos coach Holger Osieck said he still held hope that Kewell could play for Australia despite leaving the forward out of his squad for June's crucial 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Kewell would become the fourth Victory player, after Aziz Behich, Mate Dugandzic and Kristian Sarkies to switch to Heart.