A-League: Sydney FC closing in on deal for Milos Dimitrijevic

Sydney FC's impressive Serbian contingent looks set to grow to three with the club closing in on the signature of former youth international Milos Dimitrijevic.

The 29-year-old midfielder arrived in Sydney on Sunday and has started training with the Sky Blues with a view to signing a six-month deal.

With fellow Serbs Nikola Petkovic and Ranko Despotovic the club's two best players this season, club chief executive Tony Pignata said Dimitrijevic had been identified as a player who could make an immediate difference in midfield.

''One of our European scouts over there told us about Milos and and we're very keen to have a look at him,'' Pignata said. ''We'll see how it pans but we've heard a lot of good things and Nikola gave him a great character reference. He's played some for some big clubs in Europe and that's a good sign of his pedigree. He's already done his medical at training this morning.''

The issue for the Sky Blues is that while they want to sign Dimitrijevic, they already have a full squad and will have to release a player before adding him.

''While he's a free agent, we simply don't have a spot for him right at this time,'' Pignata said. ''I said that to Milos' agent and he said that he was still happy to come over and trial with us, which is great. So we'll see what can be done about freeing up a position on our list.''

However, Pignata said there had been no offers from Sydney players as yet, despite the January window opening around the world.

''There's not been anything come forward as yet,'' he said.

Dimitrijevic hasn't played since April last year after taking an extended sabbatical from the game.

Despite being born in Belgrade, Dimitrijevic was raised in France and came through the youth academy of Ligue 1 side Nantes. He spent six years there before being called up to the senior team in 2004. Three years later, he signed for Grenoble, helping them earn promotion to the French top flight. However, the call from his homeland was never far and he eventually signed for Rad Belgrade in 2010.

A cut above that level, Dimitrijevic dominated and earned a loan deal to Serie A side Chievo Verona.

Upon returning to Serbia, he signed for the nation's biggest club, Red Star Belgrade, making 37 appearances in two seasons.

He has represented France at under-18 level and Serbia at under-21s but his call-up to the Serbian national side in 2010 had to be abandoned after a leg injury.

While the club insists he is only trialling, Dimitrijevic told a Serbian newspaper before flying out that he has a contract lined up ''until the end of the season''.

In the same interview, Dimitrijevic revealed he was ready to retire before Petkovic intervened.

''If it was not Nikola Petkovic, I would have probably given up football. Actually, I'd already decided to do so, but then Petko called and suggested that I come with him to Sydney,'' he said. ''I owe him gratitude, because the people at the club said a lot of good for me.''

In order to accommodate Dimitrijevic, the Sky Blues would have to release another foreigner as their five-man quota is full. It would appear either Yairo Yau, who is on loan, or defender Tiago Calvano, are the most likely candidates to depart.

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