Melbourne Heart are believed to be close to capturing Brazilian midfielder Fred it has been reported. The 31-year old former Melbourne Victory star is set to sign with the Heart by the weekend in what would be a major coup for the second-year A-League club.
Heart coach John van 't Schip indicated that he had already signed two Brazilians, adding to current striker Alex Terra, and was on the lookout for a Dutch defender making his five foreign player spots full.
"Right now I have my four foreigners, three Brazilians and Rutger Worm," he told Dutch website voetbalprimeur. "I'm still looking for a central defender. This could well be a Dutchman.
"I try as best as possible to keep abreast of the Eredivisie on the Internet, including YouTube. I get a lot of CDs sent from players from the Netherlands and I view them all meticulously."
After two seasons with DC, he moved onto Philadelphia Union for the 2010 season before returning to Washington at the start of the current season.