Australian transfer news & rumours: Samuel Eto'o's A-League interest, Leroy George nears Middle East 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. 


Samuel Eto'o reveals A-League ambitions


Samuel Eto'o Konyaspor

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is reportedly open to ending his career in the A-League with Sydney FC particularly in need of someone like the Cameroon striker.

Despite having a year to run on his contract in Turkey with Konyaspor, The World Game reports a move to Australia could be on the cards.

Agent Engin Durmus has connections to Eto'o and admitted the 37-year-old still has plenty to give and has identified Australia as a possible final playing destination.

"His long-term vision is to coach - but right now he still has a huge amount to offer on the field," Darmus said. 

"He sees Australia as largely unknown but interesting territory, although he was part of the Cameroon Olympic team which won gold here at the 2000 Games in Sydney."

After losing last season's golden boot winner, Bobo, the Sky Blues are in need of a proven goal scorer and are also on the hunt for a marquee player - with Eto'o seemingly ticking both of those boxes. 


Leroy George nearing A-League exit


Leroy George Terry Antonis Melbourne Victory

After departing Melbourne Victory on controversial terms, Dutch winger Leroy George appears bound for the Middle East.

Despite revealing he has been in negotiations with three A-League clubs, respected football business man Lou Sticca suggested during the week George is close to a move to Baniyas.

George lit up the A-League last season, leading the league for assists as Victory won the A-League final.

Failing to agree to terms with the club for an extension, the likes of Sydney FC were linked to a swoop but for the moment appear to have lost the race to sign him. 


QPR still keen on Trent Sainsbury


Trent Sainsbury Socceroos 2018

Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury is still a target for Queens Park Rangers despite his Chinese club putting a hefty transfer fee on the Australian.

Jiangsu Suning still have Sainsbury contracted for another six months and though dropping him to their reserves side, want to recoup some of their investment in the 26-year-old.

Those demands had seemingly ended QPR's pursuit of the Socceroos but the door remains open according to the club's director of football Les Ferdinand.

"If a deal is able to be done, we will do it," Ferdinand told The World Game

“I understand that his agent is working on that at this moment. We are looking at all the logistics around this.

“Trent is somebody we’ve been interested in for a while now and we were able to have a closer look at him during the World Cup."

Sainsbury played all three of Australia's games in Russia and was a standout in their opening match against France attracting a flood of interest. 


Aiden O'Neill set for temporary Australia return


Aiden O'Neill Southampton v Burnley Premier League 16102016

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Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill is on the verge of a loan spell at Central Coast Mariners, according to The Covert Agent.

The 20-year-old has begun pre-season with the club but has spent the past two seasons out on loan in England with a temporary return to Australia now on the cards.

O'Neill grew up in Brisbane and would be handy addition to Mike Miulvey's quickly expanding Mariners squad that recently sent Daniel De Silva on loan to Sydney FC.  

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