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Vukovic nears move to Belgium: report

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/06/2017 Emma Kemp

Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is on the verge of securing a move to Europe with top-flight Belgian outfit KRC Genk.

The A-League's gloveman of the year is in advanced discussions for a potential three-year contract at the former club of Socceroos teammate Mat Ryan, according to The West Australian.

Should it come off, the deal would be fitting reward for a career-best domestic season that would significantly elevate his hopes of playing for Australia in a World Cup year.

Socceroos first choice Ryan spent the back end of last season at Genk on loan from Valencia before signing with English Premier League new boys Brighton.

The uncapped Vukovic, currently in Russia with Ryan and the national team at the Confederations Cup, has another year on his contract but could be allowed to leave should Genk and Sydney agree a transfer fee.

Vukovic has spent most of his career in the A-League and holds the all-time record for most appearances across Central Coast, Wellington, Perth, Melbourne Victory before finally winning his first championship with Sydney last season.

The 32-year-old veteran also spent an ill-fated two months in Turkey with Konyaspor in 2010 along with a five-month loan stint at Japanese top-flight side Vegalta Sendai in 2014, but made no appearances for either.

His spectacular return to form coincided with his family's move home to Sydney for better family and medical support for his son Harley, who recently had a life-saving liver transplant.

The switch from Victory also reunited him with his first goalkeeper coach John Crawley, who helped rebuild his confidence to a level befitting a Socceroos recall.

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