European duo on Joyce's radar

14 August 2017 19:28:05 GMTPlus11
Bruno Fornaroli is already in City's ranks.

Bart Schenkeveld is tipped to be the next player arriving at Melbourne City, with coach Warren Joyce also targeting Croatian attacking midfielder Antun Palic.

City want to net Palic as their marquee in time for the new season, while Schenkeveld is poised to sign from Dutch club PEC Zwolle.

Former City coach John van 't Schip, who is now with Zwolle, said the 25-year-old hadn't been in his matchday squad for the clash with Roda at the weekend because he was hoping to secure a transfer.

Strong reports from Holland suggest he is heading to City.

The former Feyenoord player didn't cement his place in that side in his three years there, but was in the shop window on loan with Excelsior at the end of his final Eredivisie campaign.

The former Holland U-19 international played 61 games for Heracles Almelo from 2012-15 and has been with Zwolle since then.

City are reportedly close to making Palic their marquee for the upcoming season.

Joyce currently has Bruno Fornaroli, Tim Cahill and Nicolas Colazo as his marquees but has been strongly linked with free agent Palic.

The 29-year-old recently ended a two-year stint with Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest.

City have been in the market for a new attacker following the departure of Anthony Caceres to the UAE.

Zagreb-born Palic would be a direct replacement for Caceres on the pitch.

The playmaker represented Croatia at U19, U20 and U21 level but has never played for the senior team.

Palic has played for a total of eight clubs across four countries including stints with Cypriot outfit AEK Larnaca and Bangkok United in Thailand.

Melbourne City are 4.50 to win the Grand Final. City are 1.85 to win their first game of the league season against Brisbane, who are 4.00 with the draw 4.00.

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