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Simon Colosimo, in action for Melbourne Heart, is tipped to link up with countryman Arthur Papas at Dempo SC.

Former Manchester City defender Colosimo set for Dempo move

Simon Colosimo, in action for Melbourne Heart, is tipped to link up with countryman Arthur Papas at Dempo SC.

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Ex-Melbourne Heart defender Simon Colosimo is tipped to join I-League outfit Dempo SC if countryman Arthur Papas is, as expected, confirmed as coach in the coming days

Former Manchester City defender Simon Colosimo appears set for a move to Indian club Dempo SC.

Goal understands the veteran defender is in advanced talks with the I-League club, though the move is likely to be dependent on the appointment of compatriot Arthur Papas to the Whites' vacant coaching post.

I-League champions three times in the past six seasons, Dempo seem set to dispense with long-serving coach Armando Colaco amid allegations of money laundering.

Barring any hitch, Papas should pen a deal with the club in the coming days, having left league rivals Pailan Arrows - also the All Indian Football Federation's development side - at the end of the 2012-13 season.

That will pave the way for Colosimo to join the Goa-based club, according to sources close to the deal.

Papas and Colosimo were together at Melbourne Heart in 2011, with the former spending a short time as assistant coach of the A-League club's National Youth League side.

Former Australia international Colosimo, 34, was one of several experienced players released at the end of the 2012-13 A-League season where he started 21 of their 27 matches, with Heart missing the finals.

Former Australia international Colosimo, 34, was one of several experienced players released at the end of the 2012-13 A-League season, during which he started 21 of their 27 matches, with Heart missing the finals.

Colosimo's stint at Manchester City was a short one, in which he played just six matches in the 2001-02 season.  He was signed by Joe Royle shortly before his sacking and the Australian failed to win over his replacement Kevin Keegan. He also serves as the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) president, where he has been essential to championing players' rights.

Capable of playing in midfield as well as central defence, his career has included stops with Sivasspor of Turkey and Malaysia outfit Pahang.  His long list of former Australian clubs contains South Melbourne, Perth Glory and Sydney FC - the latter two with which he won domestic titles. He also made 26 international appearances for the Socceroos.

 

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