Australian transfer news & rumours: Stoke keen on Adam Federici, Jason Davidson nearing A-League 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. 


Stoke City close to signing Adam Federici 


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Former Socceroos keeper Adam Federici is close to joining Championship side Stoke City after finding opportunities hard to come by at Bournemouth.

The 33-year-old is currently third choice keeper at the Cherries and saw a loan to Nottingham Forest last season cut short due to injury.

With Stoke relegated from the Premier League and in need of reinforcements between the sticks, a report from HITC claims Federici is close to putting pen to paper with the club.

Federici joined Bournemouth in 2015 after spending most of his career in the Championship with Reading and has made 16 appearances for the Socceroos.  


Perth Glory linked to Jason Davidson move


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After claiming silverware on loan in Slovenia with Olimpija, Australian left-back Jason Davidson appears close to playing in the A-League for the first time.

The 27-year-old is contracted to Croatian club Rijeka but is yet to play for the club after securing a move from Huddersfield and now appears to be heading to Perth Glory.

After starring for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup, Davidson secured a move to the Premier League with West Brom but has since struggled to play consistently.

Having spent his career exclusively in Europe to date, a move to the A-League might be exactly what Davidson needs and he'll add even more class to Tony Popovic's impressive back line.

Since arriving at Glory, Popovic has already signed defenders Matthew Spiranovic, Ivan Franjic and Tomislav Mrcela - all three of which have been involved with the Australian national team. 


Championship sides circling Trent Sainsbury


Trent Sainsbury Socceroos 2018

The Socceroos centre back was a rock in Russia and quickly turned heads in Europe with two Championship sides now directly linked with moves for Sainsbury.

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According to Football Insider, Aston Villa and QPR are both interested in the 26-year-old with both clubs no strangers to Australian players.

Villa of course have Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak, while QPR are hoping to hold on to midfielder Massimo Luongo, who was voted the club's player of the year last season. 

Sainsbury is contracted for a further six months with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning but appears keen on a return to Europe after spending most of last season on loan in Switzerland with Grasshoppers. 

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