Squirrels transfer target John Aloisi is quoted extensively in Wednesday's Adelaide Now newspaper - and the Australian international forward confirms that he has made no decision about his future now that he is a free agent, having been released by Spanish club Alaves. The relevant part of the Adelaide Now story reads as follows:
"Aloisi... said he was apprehensive despite the mounting interest around the globe by clubs from Japan, Spain and Italy who are all chasing his services. Now the South Australian-born Socceroos striker is playing a waiting game as European clubs free up their rosters before FIFA's global transfer deadline on August 31. 'I really don't know what's going on,' he said. 'I've had offers from Europe, Asia and even [Australia]. I've just got to see what type of offers are available and see what's best for my future and take it from there.'
"Aloisi said being in limbo is difficult but he believes in himself. 'Even if you haven't got a club you have to keep your spirits up,' he said. 'I was quite happy with the last two games (of the Asian Cup), I thought I did quite well. I have never played in hotter weather than that. I know that it sounds like an excuse but it was very trying.'
"Sydney FC's vain bid to lure Aloisi has all but ended after the club's initial desire for the striker seemingly disappeared. It's believed that even the [Australian federation] wanted Aloisi in a Sydney shirt for the A-League's season, which kicks off next month. 'I haven't spoken to them (Sydney) since before the tournament started and I can't really say,' he said. 'I'd never close the door on anyone.'" Meanwhile, the West Australian newspaper quoted Sydney FC chief executive George Perry as saying that, 'We're discussing John's situation with his agent, but that appears unlikely.'