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Race for Jamie Maclaren heats up as more clubs enter the fray

01:44 BST 02/08/2018
Jamie Maclaren Socceroos
The Aussie striker is in demand with more options on the cards

Despite reports Melbourne Victory were close to signing Jamie Maclaren, the Socceroos striker now has even more clubs to choose from.

While still contracted to German club Darmstadt and even scoring in a pre-season match over the weekend, the 25-year-old appears eager to move on from the club and Goal understands he's still undecided as to what his next step should be. 

With Melbourne Victory and Scottish club Hibernian among those most strongly linked, The Scottish Sun reports that Cypriot side Pafos along with two unnamed Dutch sides are also now interested in signing Maclaren.

Former Scotland international Stephen Pressley is the new manager of Pafos and has apparently made contact with Maclaren's representative to register his interest in the Aussie.

Maclaren starred in Scotland on loan for Hibernian at the end of last season scoring eights goals, including a hat-trick against Rangers

Hibs are desperate to bring Maclaren back permanently and are continuing pro-longed efforts to sign the striker, who averaged a goal every 111.5 minutes for them - the best minutes per goal ratio of any player in the Scottish league last season. 

Melbourne Victory meanwhile remain in the hunt, but may struggle to lure Maclaren back to Australia with the former Brisbane Roar man keen to remain in Europe.