The Western Sydney Wanderers appear to be losing out in
the race to sign Harry Kewell after Perth Glory owner Tony Sage confirmed his interest in signing
the Socceroos forward.
Perth Glory officials and coach Ian Ferguson are expected to meet with Kewell today to discuss a contract after informal talks on Tuesday.
Kewell, 34, has been linked with several A-League clubs including the Wanderers, Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC after failing to sign a playing deal in England.
Wanderers executive chairman, Lyall Gorman, last week said the club were happy to talk with Kewell but no contact had been made.
Glory are understood to have spoken with Kewell after the former Liverpool ace returned home last month, to honour a clothing sponsorship during Melbourne's spring racing carnival.
"He told me wants to play for Australia again and the only way to do that is to start playing," Sage said.
"He said the family issue he had last year [which resulted in his Victory exit] had been worked out."
Sage said "money would not be an issue", noting that he had explained to Kewell that he lost money owning the Glory and that the left-winger had responded by saying he had made "lots of money" playing the game and would not expect an exorbitant salary.
One "minor impediment" - as Sage put it - to any Kewell signing would be the fact the Glory already has a full roster.
But Sage expects a hand from A-League bosses to get around that potential fly in the ointment.
"I would hope the FFA [Football Federation Australia] might be able to do something, given what they've done with Alessandro del Piero [Sydney] and Emile Heskey [Newcastle]," Sage said.
Kewell returned to Australia last month to honour a sponsorship with a clothing label during racing's spring carnival.
Sage said Kewell would be in Perth later this week to play in a golf event.
The Glory, which lost last year's A-League grand final to Brisbane in controversial fashion, sits third on the ladder this season after five games.
What the potential arrival of a marquee attraction like Kewell would mean to the crowd situation at Glory games at nib Stadium is unclear.
Capacity at the ground has been halved to 9500 while redevelopment works take place and an unhappy Sage has contemplated moving several high-profile fixtures to Patersons Stadium. The Subiaco football ground played host to the season opener against Brisbane.
While a Kewell deal is possible, Sage laughed at suggestions he had met with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich during the Russian billionaire's recent fly-in, fly-out visit to Perth.
Sage said he and Abramovich had once been good friends but had not spoken since an iron ore deal in WA's Pilbara had "not ended well"