Australian transfer news & rumours: A-League clubs circling Jamie Maclaren, Socceroos on the move

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Goal takes a look at the latest transfer news and rumours from the A-League and Australians abroad

Football and rumours go hand in hand and we've got you covered with all the news and whispers swirling around this week in Australia. 


Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC interested in Jamie Maclaren


Jamie Maclaren Hibernian

Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren is set to depart German club Darmstadt and there's no shortage of interest in the 24-year-old.

While Scottish side Hibernian are keen to sign Maclaren after a successful loan last season, A-League sides Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC have seemingly thrown their hats in the ring too. 

According to The World Game, both clubs are ready to offer the former Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory attacker a marquee deal to lure him back to Australia.

A return to the competition however seems unlikely with Maclaren eager to prove himself in Europe and in the process secure his spot in the Socceroos Asian Cup squad.

Maclaren has previously stated the English Championship could be an ideal destination for him as he looks to follow in the footsteps of a number of Australians that have excelled in the league. 


Milos Degenek seals dream club switch, Mark Milligan released


Bert van Marwijk Mark Milligan Socceroos

Australian defender Milos Degenek has secured a dream move to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade from Japanese club Yokohama F.Marinos.

Degenek put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the club and has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve with the Serbian giants.

"I want to realise my dream, the dream of the club, but above all the dream of our great army of fans and play in the Champions League," Degenek said. 

Degenek's move came just hours before fellow Socceroos defender Mark Milligan was released by Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli after the expiry of his contract.

Milligan had moved to the club on a million-dollar deal from Melbourne Victory but is a now a free agent with the 32-year-old already weighing up his international future. 


Adrian Mierzejewski close to lucrative China move


Adrian Mierzejewski/ Milos Ninkovic

Sydney FC star Adrian Mierzejewski's future with the Sky Blues now looks all but over with reports the Polish winger is close to a deal with Chinese side Changchun Yatai.

The World Game reports that the reigning Johnny Warren medalist will net Sydney FC $1.3 million should he complete the move with Mierzejewski not satisfied with the money the Sky Blues were offering him.

His departure is set to coincide with key striker Bobo's exit too, with an $800,000 move to Turkey reportedly agreed to.

While two big losses for Steve Corica's side, the surplus of money should help them rebuild in time for the new season.


Ben Halloran linked to Sydney FC


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One player Sydney FC may well turn to is six-time Socceroo Ben Halloran, who departed his J-League side during the week.  

Halloran was struggling for minutes in Japan after a few years in Germany and already appears close to joining the Sky Blues.

The 26-year-old midfielder began his career in the A-League with Gold Coast United before spending a season with Brisbane Roar and eventually securing a move to Fortuna Düsseldorf.

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