Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Unknown Superkid coming?

Unknown Superkid coming?

Melbourne Victory defender Adrian Leijer could be on his way to English Premier League club Fulham by early next week.

With Fulham's offer lodged and presented to the Victory board, Melbourne officials are working for a quick resolution so Leijer could be in London for the start of the English season next weekend.

Even if Victory and Fulham reach agreement on a transfer fee, Leijer still needs to pass a medical and agree personal terms with the Cottagers, but there appear no insurmountable hurdles in the way of an amicable deal.

'There's still a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to work out,' Victory football operations manager Gary Cole said yesterday.

'We want to make sure we do the best thing by Adrian Leijer and Melbourne Victory.

'I would think we're pretty close. That's not to say it's going to happen today or tomorrow, but hopefully we can conclude things quickly.'

Victory officials know there is little to be gained from drawn-out negotiations. Such a process could jeopardise the golden chance for Leijer to join one of the world's best and most lucrative leagues.

And to stymie the transfer could harm Victory's reputation when it tries to sign young players who see the A-League as a stepping stone to greater glory, experience and money in Europe.

'We're not set up to sell players overseas,' Cole said.

'We're set up to be competitive and challenge for the A-League championship."

'But the reality is we've looked to sign some outstanding young players and they're going to be noticed by people around the globe. It's a natural part of the football development process."

'Adrian has been a successful part of that and this is the next stage in that process."

'Melbourne Victory has to look out for itself, but if we were to stop players going overseas, they might not want to come to us in the first place.'

While Cole would not disclose the size of the transfer fee being discussed, it could easily be worth $500,000 (£210,000), small change in the Premier League, but a decent windfall for Victory.

Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stacey Interview

Writer:orange_emu
Date:Thursday August 2 2007
Time: 7:11PM

Comments

0
What are you lot trying to do? Monopolise the transfer market!
merlin
03/08/2007 08:54:00
0
off course! It's about time we had a few(?) new faces!
Putney
03/08/2007 15:49:00
0
You lot seem to be spending big.
Frisky
03/08/2007 18:12:00
0
I'm a Melbourne Victory fan and Leijer is an incredibly talented player. Big, strong in the air, reasonably quick and an excellent tackler. You have signed yourselves a winner and he is as good as most of your CB's now. I wouldnt be surprised to see him getting a game for you early on.
Ozi Gooner
05/08/2007 06:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Wolves v Fulham - Stat Attack

Fulham, in 10th place in the Championship, travel to Moulineux to take on a Wolves side that are 20th in the Championship this weekend.

Wolves v Fulham - Early Team News

It`s a trip to the Midlands this Saturday with Fulham taking on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sky's 10 In 10 - Who Features?

Sky Sports being their festive 10 in 10 this week, so who features in the football screening overload for 2016/17?

Fulham Duo In Team Of The Week (6/12/16)

Fulham are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wolves v Fulham?
Suggested By: putney
Wolves to Win!51%
Fulham to Win!33%
A Draw!16%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 8:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment