Victory linked with Miccoli swoop

The race to capture the next big name to grace the A-League is hotting up, with Melbourne Victory tipped to sign ex-Juventus and Palermo forward Fabrizio Miccoli

Melbourne Victory are closing in on the capture of disgraced former Juventus and Palermo forward Fabrizio Miccoli, according to reports emerging from Italy.

Miccoli, 34, is a free agent after ending his six-year stay with Palermo, and Victory have room for a new marquee following the release of Marcos Flores on Friday.

Capable of operating as a playmaker, wide forward or central striker, veteran Miccoli would appear a good fit for Victory - on the field - following the loss of Marco Rojas and the departure of Flores.

However, it remains to be seen if Victory are willing to take a chance on a player who is under investigation for alleged extortion and has been linked with organised crime figures, having fallen out of favour in Sicily for insulting the memory of a murdered anti-mafia campaigner.

Victory have also been heavily linked with Greek veteran Giorgos Karagounis, who has been released from English Premier League club Fulham.

Noted for his passionate performances and ability to score spectacular goals, Miccoli would prove a worthy addition to the A-League's growing collection of genuine marquees, following the arrival of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono in 2012.

A 10-cap Italy international, diminutive forward Miccoli was hailed as an heir to the likes of playmakers Roberto Baggio and Del Piero when he joined Juventus from Ternana in 2002.

He struggled to live up to those lofty expectations, moving to Fiorentina before re-joining Juve, only to be sent on loan to Benfica.

Miccoli finally settled at Palermo, where scored 74 goals in 165 league appearances, becoming a firm fans' favourite, although he could not prevent the club being relegated to Serie B last season.

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