Oar on Middle East radar with clubs set to trigger buyout clause

Australia winger Tommy Oar has become the audacious January transfer target of two Middle Eastern clubs, with both said to be willing to trigger a $450,000 release clause in his two-year Brisbane Roar contact.

Tommy Oar

Tommy Oar in action for Brisbane Roar Source: Getty Images

Having rejoined Brisbane following his release from Ipswich Town a year ago, Oar, 25, has been afforded marquee status in Brisbane for next season and the club have pledged not let him leave without stiff resistance.

However, it's understood that Oar, who scored his maiden goal for the season against Newcastle Jets last week, may be open to a move which would net him in excess of $1 million in wages for a single season  - more than double the value of his Roar contract.

With speculation already rife over the future of Brisbane's off-contract Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren, Roar CEO Mark Kingsman is reluctant to entertain any thoughts of losing Oar.

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"This is news to me," he said of the Middle East interest. "I don't know where anybody has got this from.



"He's our marquee player for next season and we have had no offers or enquiries for him whatsoever this month.

"It seems I get a phone call every week about two hours away from kick-off telling me a player is leaving."

Kingsman, who traveled with the team to AAMI Stadium for tonight's match against Melbourne Victory, believes Oar has not garnered the recognition he deserves in his 14 appearances so far this season.

"He scored a cracking goal for us the other week which was good and got him off the mark," he said.

"I think he's been doing a lot of good work which perhaps he's not been getting the full credit for. He's a player we have high hopes for - this season and next."


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Published 13 January 2017 at 6:18pm
By Dave Lewis