Sydney FC Boss Graham Arnold Admits Interest in Former West Ham & Sunderland Defender

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Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold says the club will target “desperate” European free agents in the lead up to the start of the A-League season in October.

Arnold has held off signing a final international player in order to attract a player who won’t have too many options but to opt for a move to the A-League.

“I wanted to wait until the end of the transfer window in Europe, that’s when players are desperate and they have no other options,” Arnold told the A-League’s website.

“Because we don’t have the money to splash out on a player, they’ve got to want to have to come here to perform on an incentive-based contract that if they do perform well on a minimum wage they’ll get a second year.

“There’s a couple of players in Holland we’re looking at.”

The Sky Blues still have two international spots to fill, and ex-Sydney skipper Terry McFlynn’s close friendship with ex-West Ham defender George McCartney could be key to the Northern Ireland international joining the club.

Arnold confirmed the club were speaking to McCartney, who is a free agent after leaving the Hammers at the end of last season.

“We’re talking to George,” Arnold said.

“He’s a player that’s got a lot of experience and he’s a good mate of Terry McFlynn’s, which has helped enormously.

“He’s a guy that’s played 300 games in the Premier League and in the UK and he wants a different experience.

“If we were able to get him it would be fantastic. I want two players for every position and we don’t have that at left-back.”

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