Australia coach Holger Osieck reveals the veteran defender is nearing United States move.
Lucas Neill is close to signing for an Major League Soccer franchise according to Australia head coach Holger Osieck.
The 35-year-old is currently without a club after a short spell at A-League side Sydney FC but could be set to join international team-mate Tim Cahill, currently with New York Red Bulls, in the United States.
Speaking in Seoul ahead of the Socceroos’ first match of the East Asian Cup against hosts South Korea on Saturday, Osieck confirmed Neill was in talks with two clubs and the veteran defender wasn’t considered for the tournament squad while negotiations are in progress.
“Lucas, after we terminated [finished] our [World Cup] qualifying campaign, went on a short vacation, to my knowledge in America, he is in contact with two clubs, is very likely to sign there, and was not available for the team,” he told Goal.com.
Neill previously spent 15-years plying his trade in English football, starting his career with Millwall before making his mark in the Premier League at Blackburn Rovers, West Ham and later Everton.
After leaving Goodison Park in 2010 he turned out for Turkish giants Galatasaray for a season and most recently Al Jazira and Al-Wasi in the United Arab Emirates before a brief stopover at Sydney.