Heart target Kewell, Holt

  • Last Updated: June 3 2013, 8:27 BST

Melbourne Heart are hopeful marquee target Harry Kewell will be signed up to the A-League club within 10 days.

Grant Holt: Would need to be released by Norwich for Heart to pounce
Grant Holt: Would need to be released by Norwich for Heart to pounce

However, a move for Norwich striker Grant Holt is proving "complicated", according to chief executive Scott Munn.

Ex-Leeds and Liverpool star Kewell, who also has Melbourne Victory among his former clubs, has been strongly linked with a move back to the Victorian capital while also attracting interest from the Newcastle Jets and clubs in the United Arab Emirates and Europe.

However, Heart remain upbeat Kewell will sign on and help boost the side's disappointing crowd numbers.

"We sort of agreed that if we can get everything done he'd be here for pre-season, first week of July," Munn told local radio station SEN 1116.

"Our position is we want to have it done in the next seven to 10 days."

Munn revealed recent discussions in London between himself and the 34-year-old free agent went well, while Heart coach John Aloisi also had a productive chat with his former international team-mate.

"I won't put a percentage on it (the likelihood of Kewell signing) because I've been in this world for a little bit now," Munn said.

"The meeting was fantastic, it went as well as we could have expected.

"John Aloisi had spent time with him two weeks prior. He asked a lot of questions, we told him what we want to do and what we are looking to achieve.

"I came away feeling really happy and really confident about the meeting."

Munn is also not ruling out the prospect of making a second bid for Norwich striker Holt, despite already being knocked back by the Barclays Premier League club.

Heart's initial offer for Holt fell short of Norwich's £2million price tag, but Munn said: "He's an interesting one. That's a bit more complicated.

"He's the club captain there and he's got two years to go, but they've just spent £8.5million on a Dutch striker (Ricky van Wolfswinkel). So clearly his position is under pressure.

"He played here as a 16, 17-year-old in Perth, so we've talked to him, he's keen and he's certainly interested in Australia but the complexity is that he's still under contract and would need to be released."


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