Melbourne Victory turn attention to Harry Kewell deal after confirming new coach

The A-League giants were linked with Roy Keane for their coaching role but this week opted for the untried Mehmet Durakovic, paving the way for a big money move for Socceroos star

A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory have set their sights on Socceroos superstar Harry Kewell after the appointment of new coach Mehmet Durakovic.

Victory confirmed Durakovic as their new boss on Tuesday having previously worked as the club's interim coach during the 2011 AFC Champions League after Ernie Merrick's dismissal in March.

The Victorian club had been linked with the likes of high-profile former Sunderland and Ipswich boss Roy Keane during their pursuit for a coach but settled on ex-Socceroo Durakovic.

Victory chairman Anthony di Pietro told reporters at Tuesday's conference that the club would now focus their efforts on securing Kewell following his release from Turkish club Galatasaray.

"Harry Kewell is an iconic sports figure in Australia, not just in football. It would be great for the A-League. We would love Harry to come back to Australia," said di Pietro.

"This is the first time we've admitted to negotiating with a player. That in itself tells you of the significance of the signing like Harry Kewell.

"We're not in a position to say that it is any closer or now. We're in the mix with everybody else. We'd love him to have these (Melbourne Victory) guernseys on, but we'll wait and see."

New coach Durakovic, who had played with Kewell during his time in the Socceroos, said he'd love to have the 32-year-old forward in his squad at Victory.

"He brings a wealth of experience. Being a Socceroo and playing for so many years overseas. It would be wonderful to have him on the pitch, week in, week out," said Durakovic.

"The experience he would bring to the youngsters, show them what he has done and teach them is absolutely phenomenal. It would be great to have him on board."

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