Window of opportunity for all of our clubs now

Robbie Keane in action for Ireland.
Robbie Keane in action for Ireland.

WHILE I am not necessarily a big fan of the January transfer window, I admit it does stir up a bit of interest both here and around the world.

My big thing against the window is that coaches and clubs seem to panic buy and don't make considered decisions as to who will make their team better.

But whatever your take on it, there is clearly some excitement for fans to see just who their team can manage to snare before the window slams shut.

In Australia that happens on February 2, and if the media rumours are anything to go by we could see a lot of movement in the A-League during the next three weeks.

Nicolas Anelka and Robbie Keane might have had more clubs than Jack Nicklaus, but I'm sure if they turned up at yours you would not complain.

The Goal Australia website has reported the veteran strikers are being shopped around to A-League clubs with Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City, Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix all mentioned as potential destinations.

Those teams could do no worse than sign Keane, whose former clubs include Leeds United, Tottenham and Liverpool, or Anelka, who has been on rosters at Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, among others.

Both could be signed as guest players for up to 14 games so would not compromise the limit of five foreign players per club.

Anelka is 36 and is the player/coach at Mumbai City in the Indian Super League, while Keane, 35, is still on contract to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy.

 

Nicolas Anelka in action for Mumbai City.
Nicolas Anelka in action for Mumbai City.

 

Neither would be a bad pick up, although there seems to be a few more big names that could be coming our way this month.

Steven Ugarkovic, who is with the Olyroos in Qatar, has already signed for the Jets and rumours are that James Troisi, who scored the winner for the Socceroos in the Asian Cup final, could be heading home after falling out with his club Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

Fellow Socceroo Alex Wilkinson is playing in South Korea but could make a return to the A-League, and would certainly make a difference at the back for a number of teams.

Others that have been mentioned as possible signings are striker Kevin Kuranyi, who played 52 times for Germany and has been linked with Sydney FC.

Giorgios Samaras, a 30-year-old Greek international who made his name at Celtic, could also be heading our way. The fact he has an Australian passport means he wouldn't be regarded as a foreign player.

Of course, to accommodate all these potential ins, there has to be movement out. That has already started with Nick Fitzgerald leaving the Mariners and Sidnei and Guyon Fernandez cutting ties with Perth Glory.

Michael Thwaite and Josh Risdon are also rumoured to be moving from the Glory, but let's hope we see more coming in than going out.

The likes of Anelka, Keane, Kuranyi and Troisi would certainly increase interest in the competition.



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