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Manchester City to sign Australian international striker in the close season – report

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02:  Jamie Maclaren of the Roar celebrates a goal during the round 25 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on April 2, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Manchester City are to continue their recruitment from Australia’s A-League by signing twice-capped Socceroo, Jamie Maclaren, in the close season according to SBS.

The Brisbane Roar striker is out of contract and after 40 goals in 57 games for the A-League side has emerged as one of the country’s top free agents. And City are set to pounce in another deal designed to benefit City Football Group partner club, Melbourne City, by signing Maclaren and loaning him immediately to Melbourne.

As a way of circumventing A-League transfer rules, City have also signed Luke Brattan (from Brisbane Roar) and Anthony Cáceres (from Central Coast Mariners) recently and loaned the pair to Melbourne City. Meanwhile, seeking a route to Europe, City took Aaron Mooy from Melbourne and loaned him to Huddersfield, and now have a player valued over £10 million on their books.

Maclaren scored his 19th goal of the season against Wellington last Sunday and is aiming to become a more permanent fixture in the Australian national team. As a youngster he played for Blackburn Rovers in the north of England before returning to Australia with Perth Glory.

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