SHANE Smeltz’s move to Genclerbirligi will depend on whether the Turks sign their number one striker target – but if not, Smeltz could be a Gencler player by week's end.
Smeltz exited his A-League club Gold Coast United today to try his luck with Nick Carle's former Turkish club Genclerbirligi after an agreement in principle was reached between the two sides.
Once he has arrived in Turkey, the All-White World Cup star will undergo a medical examination and hold contract discussions with the Ankara-based side with a view to signing a two-year deal.
However, it's believed he's not the club's number one choice with Genclerbirligi's German coach Thomas Doll still pursuing an unnamed German forward as his preferred top option.
If that deal falls over then the All-White World Cup hero is a serious option for the Turkish Super League outfit that's also home to World Cup Socceroo Mile Jedinak.
The decision on the Smeltz deal is expected later this week.
Meanwhile at Smeltz’s former club Wellington Phoenix, moves are afoot to retain marquee man Paul Ifill beyond his current deal.
Despite the former Millwall player having 20 months left on his contract, coach Ricki Herbert wants a longer term deal for his star man – effectively making Ifill a Phoenix player for the remainder of his career.
Ifill, 31 next month, scored a brilliant goal in Sunday's 2-0 win against Central Coast Mariners in what was the 400th senior game of his career.
Last season, the Barbados international bagged 13 goals and is again proving to be an A-League star with two well-taken efforts this campaign.
Additionally, it’s believed Phoenix want stars Mark Paston, Ben Sigmund, Tim Brown, Troy Hearfield and Chris Greenacre re-signed within a month.
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