Melbourne City are the A-League’s first big movers and shakers in this January Transfer window. THE TURF can reveal that both marquee Robert Koren and striker David Williams are set to leave the club. Meanwhile, midfielder Anthony Caceres is to join City’s ranks.
Robert Koren is on his way out from Melbourne City after an underwhelming marquee stint. Scoring only three goals in two season, the last being in 2014, City now feel that they’re not longer getting their money’s with his marquee status.
The 2015/16 season has seen him overshadowed by the likes of Harry Novillo, Bruno Fornarolli and Aaron Mooy who have spearheaded City’s attack. Appearing in only six fixtures this season, it appears that Koren has well and truly lost the patience of the City Football Group who have tabled him an early-release contract.
City are confident of Koren’s acceptance so they can sign a new marquee player to finish out the current A-League season. We’re hearing that City have their eye on a former Premier League player who is currently playing in the MLS.
David Williams is also leaving Melbourne City to play in Hungary.
WIlliams was told by City management earlier this month that his contract would not be re-signed. Originally, City planned on trading him in a deal for Adelaide United’s Osama Malik, however, William’s pulled out of the deal in-hope of finding a European contract.
Williams has informed his City teammates of his upcoming departure and his signing for a Hungarian club is expected to be announced very soon.
Additionally, midfielder Anthony Caceres is currently in Melbourne for further discussions with the City Football Group. Caceres signed with Melbourne City’s parent club, Manchester City this week after leaving the Central Coast Mariners.
However, due to European visa regulations, we hear that Caceres will be playing in Melbourne on a loan deal. Expect to see him in a City shirt within a month.
Report by Jacob Arnott.