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Ballack in Wanderers´ sights

21 September 2012 11:29

New A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers have confirmed their interest in signing German international Michael Ballack.

Reports in Germany have linked the 35-year-old with a move to the Australian side, and Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman admitted his club are interested in exploring the opportunity but dismissed speculation that any agreement has been reached.

"We're flattered by the attention we've received from agents and overseas players in relation to interest in joining our club," Gorman said on Friday.

"There's no denying that Ballack has been one of those that has been put on the table.

"What we need to do is look at the context of our brand, the club, the culture we're building, the needs of the playing squad."

The Wanderers are still in the market to sign more players before their debut season starts against Central Coast Mariners on October 6.

"We look at the possibility of guest players, we look at the possibility of further domestic players," Gorman said.

"We haven't dismissed anything at the moment."

The recent signings of Alessandro Del Piero to Sydney FC and Emile Heskey to the Newcastle Jets have raised the profile of the A-League in the last few weeks.

The prospect of playing against - and potentially alongside - those marquee players is something that excites new Western Sydney captain Michael Beauchamp.

"Having quality players like this in our League is just fantastic for the game here in Australia," Beauchamp said.

"It is only talk with Ballack, but even to have him affiliated with our name and brand I think is fantastic."

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