CLIVE Palmer is ready to bankroll a big-money offer for former Arsenal and current Villarreal FC attacking midfielder Robert Pires after an audacious inquiry for Raul failed to eventuate.
The star Frenchman's management is currently considering a multi-million dollar offer to join the A-League club on the glitter strip, reports O Kosmos News And Views columnists Tony and Xanthie Rallis.
United has just lost star striker Shane Smeltz to China and is actively looking to replace the Kiwi with former Newcastle Jets marquee Joel Griffiths said to be another option.
The first target was Real Madrid striker Raul who is on his way out of the La Liga giants.
Palmer was willing to break all transfer records to bring him to Australia. However, it's understood the Spanish great wants one more chance to play UCL football after also being sounded out by a number of MLS clubs.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast marquee man Jason Culina last week rejected a seven figure contract to join a Qatari club.
The deal was introduced through Algerian player agent Amine El Hamdouni. It is believed Culina would consider a move to the region but would require a much higher salary than the one that was proposed to him by the Qataris.
In other news, Wellington Phoenix chairman Terry Serepisos has given the green light for the club to approach Socceroo defender Jade North.
North who missed out on World Cup selection due to injury is currently playing for Norwegian club, Tromso FC, after an unsuccessful season with Korean Club Incheon United FC.
And Jamie Coyne has been courted by two Chinese Clubs and is considering an offer of $200,000 US net per season plus bonuses. Perth Glory confirmed last week that Coyne could be on his way out of Members Equity Stadium.
Coyne's brother Chris is already based in China on a three-month loan deal with Liaoning Hongyun.
Meanwhile, au.fourfourtwo.com can reveal that Ghana coach Milovan "Miki" Rajevac has also been offered a big money deal from Qatar.
The 56-year-old Serbian took the Black Stars to the quarter finals of the World Cup before Uruguay knocked them out on penalties.
Rajevac is currently in Germany before a brief holiday in Serbia where he'll weigh up his options. It's understood the Ghanaian FA have also made him an offer.