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FFA still open to acquiring ex-Liverpool, Leeds winger Kewell

Harry Kewell is still certainly a target for Football Federation Australia despite his manager saying that interest had cooled. Agent Bernie Mandic told Melbourne radio that his proposal to have the former Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray winger come to the A-League had been rejected by FFA.

Mandic and Kewell have drawn up a different type of contract which would see the Australian international paid more according to the revenue received by away clubs when he steps out for whoever he may sign for.

Mandic says that FFA had turned this offer down but the federation later released a statement saying Kewell was still a player of interest.

"We offered them a better deal than we have offered the A-League clubs - a 30-70 split of any additional gate revenue from the away games that Harry plays in," Mandic said.

"If there are no more people coming to the away games that Harry plays in, Harry gets nothing. Now this was not accepted by the FFA, which is fair enough."

The FFA statement read: "FFA has noted the public comments this morning by Harry's manager Bernie Mandic in relation to FFA's offer of support.

"We are satisfied the offer of support by way of a marketing services agreement would be a responsible and prudent way to lift the profile and marketability of the Hyundai A-League and complement any contract Harry may sign with an individual club.

"The fact remains that Harry Kewell would be a fabulous acquisition for any Hyundai A-League club and would be a great boost for the competition."

Kewell has been heavily linked with Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC but a deal with either club is yet to be struck.

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