Australian transfer news & rumours: Premier League clubs eye Aaron Mooy, Keisuke Honda to Melbourne Victory

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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. 


Aaron Mooy hunted by West Ham, Newcastle United


Aaron Mooy Huddersfield Newcastle

Socceroos star Aaron Mooy is being courted by Premier League clubs West Ham and Newcastle United, with the Huddersfield midfielder facing a big decision on his future.

The 27-year-old starred for the Terriers in his debut Premier League campaign last season and impressed for the green and gold during the recent World Cup in Russia.

Mooy is under contract at his West Yorkshire-based club for the next two seasons and Huddersfield are likely to require a bid of AU$26 million to allow him to leave, according to The World Game.

This would represent an AU$8.5 million profit on the AU$17.5 million Huddersfield paid to secure Mooy from Manchester City at the start of the 2017-18 season.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is understood to have been impressed by Mooy since he dominated against his team for the Terriers in the Championship two years ago, while he also scored against the Geordies in the recent Premier League season.

West Ham have been free spending this transfer window under new coach Manuel Pellegrini, having spent AU$126 million on five players, with the club's fans voting Mooy as the player they most want to sign.


Melbourne Victory close in on Keisuke Honda, sign central defensive duo


Keisuke Honda Japan

Melbourne Victory are close to announcing the marquee signing of Japanese international Keisuke Honda for the upcoming A-League season.

The 32-year-old has reportedly been in negotiations with Football Federation Australia over the last couple of months, with Victory the club keen to bring him Down Under.

An agreement between the A-League champions and Honda is imminent, with only a disagreement in personal terms able to scupper the deal, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Honda, who scored at his third consecutive World Cup for Japan in Russia, has been offered a multi-million dollar marquee contract that will be paid by both Victory and the FFA.

He most recently played for Mexico's Pachuca, and has also had stints at Italian giants AC Milian and CSKA Moscow.

Victory also announced the double defensive signing of German centre-half Georg Niedermeier and former championship winner Nick Ansell.


Trent Sainsbury move to Europe hits significant hitch


Trent Sainsbury Socceroos

Trent Sainsbury's move to Europe is in doubt with his Chinese club Jiangsu Suning upping their asking price for the 26-year-old defender.

Championship sides Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa are reportedly interested in the Socceroo centre half, and his path to Europe appeared open after Jiangsu dropped him to the reserve squad.

But the Chinese Super League team have slapped a AU$1 million price tag on Sainsbury head, meaning he may have to wait until his contract expires in January for a move, according to AAP.


AS Roma enter the race for Daniel Arzani


Daniel Arzani Socceroos

Italian giants AS Roma have entered the race for Melbourne City talent Daniel Arzani, providing competition for Manchester City.

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ESPN reports their sources have been informed the Serie A club is keen on the 19-year-old Australian, who was the youngest player at the 2018 World Cup.

Manchester City are likely still in the box seat because Melbourne City is one of their sister clubs under the City Football Group banner.

It's likely Arzani will be loaned out to a smaller club if moves to Manchester, much in the same way Aaron Mooy spent a season at Huddersfield before joining them permanently.

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