Several Socceroos set for club moves

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Russia has allowed a number of players to gain some well deserved attention

While the Socceroos failed to achieve much success in Russia, a number of Australians impressed on the world stage and have attracted the interest of clubs in the process.

With some players itching for a move and others content where they are but nearing the end of their contracts, expect a number of green and gold stars to make moves in the coming months. 

Here are the Socceroos who could find themselves at a new club. 

  1. Trent Sainsbury

    One of the Socceroos stand-out performers in Russia, the defender was able to keep a frightening France attack quiet in Australia's opener and attracted huge interest in the process.

    Sainsbury's agent claimed afterwards that he received calls from interested clubs while the game was still going on, with two sides from England and a handful from Europe understood to be interested. Aston Villa have been the most strongly linked, with the Championship side needing to replace John Terry in their back four.

    Sainsbury is contracted to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning until the end of the year but spent last season on loan in Switzerland and before that spent time with Inter Milan.

    The 26-year-old is only just now entering his peak as a defender and based on his performances in Russia could very easily make the transition to one of Europe's top leagues. 

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    Aziz Behich

    The left-back impressed in Russia to cap off a fine club season with Bursapor in Turkey.

    Prior to the World Cup, Behich was linked to a potential club switch in Turkey and has since attracted the interest of two Chinese sides according to Turkish media.

    The 27-year-old is contracted to Bursapor until the middle of next year meaning the club may be tempted to cash in before he's allowed to move on as a free agent. 

  3. Josh Risdon

    The Western Sydney Wanderers right-back still has one year left to run on his contract in the A-League but a move to Europe now looks increasingly likely.

    Reports during the World Cup suggested clubs from Russia and broader Europe were interested in the 25-year-old.

    Risdon has made no secret of his ambition to play in Europe and admitted he was hoping the World Cup could be his stepping stone there. 

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    Aaron Mooy

    The Huddersfield midfielder barely put a foot nor ball wrong in Russia and has since been rewarded with a flood of interest.

    Though admittedly happy with the Terriers after his first season in the Premier League - Everton, Southampton and West Ham have all been linked to big-money moves for Mooy.

    His former club Manchester City were also reported to be considering activating a buy-back clause in his contract but that now doesn't appear likely.

    After a quiet start to his career, Mooy has well and truly taken off and the sky appears to be the limit after a superb first World Cup campaign. 

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    Daniel Arzani

    Three substitute appearances equating to exactly one hour of action in Russia was all the time Arzani needed to catch the world's attention.

    A move away from the A-League now looks certain with a number of Dutch clubs interested, including PSV - the club outgoing Socceroos assistant coach Mark van Bommel will lead next season.

    Juventus are also reportedly keeping tabs on him but perhaps the most logical next step for the teenager will see Manchester City use their links with Melbourne City to buy Arzani and then loan him out.

    Regardless of where Arzani ends up, it's clear this player can star and simply needs the game time to ensure he can shine even brighter in years to come. 

  6. Milos Degenek

    Though not playing a minute in Russia, the defender looks set for a dream move to Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade.

    Reports out of Japan and Serbia suggest the 24-year-old will leave Yokohama F.Marinos and imminently sign for Red Star - a club Degenek supported as a child.

    Degenek is no stranger to Europe either, having previously played in Germany for VfB Stuttgart II and 1860 Munich. 

  7. Jamie Maclaren

    Another player who failed to get any action at the World Cup but is likely to make a move in the aftermath.

    After ending last season on loan with Hibernian, scoring eight goals from 15 appearances, Maclaren made it clear he is hoping to secure a move away from parent club Darmstadt 98.

    The German side recruited him from Brisbane Roar but a change in coaches meant the 24-year-old striker didn't get a single start for the club and was only used sparingly off the bench.

    Hibernian are seemingly interested in buying Maclaren but will reportedly struggle to afford his transfer fee. Scotland could however be a perfect destination for Maclaren, who showed what he can do there with a hat-trick against Rangers in the final game of last season.