Holman open to winter move
AZ striker Brett Holman says he is 'open to a new adventure' if a high-profile club comes knocking during the transfer window.
Last Updated: 19/10/11 12:19pm
AZ Alkmaar striker Brett Holman says he is 'open to a new adventure' if a high-profile club comes knocking during the January transfer window.
The ambitious Australia international, 27, has been a key part of an Alkmaar side who have stormed to the top of the early Eredivisie standings with seven wins from nine games.
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has already tipped Holman for a move to the Premier League or Bundesliga after seeing him impress at international level.
And with AZ admitting they are unable to offer him improved terms, Holman says there is a possibility he could move on to "a big league".
He told Voetbal International: "Of course I have ambitions. If there is a good club from a big league who are interested in me, then I am open to a new adventure.
"I have a Dutch wife and child and we're fine here. I know I must respect AZ's wishes, but if the proposal is good, I must seriously think about it."
AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek added: "Brett has signed a contract here in good time. Then he fell in the 30 per cent tax regime but that is now 52 per cent, so even if we offer him the same - and that's quite a challenge - even then his salary drops in real terms.
"Let me be clear that Holman is someone we would really like to keep at AZ, but the limits of what we can afford are currently unclear.
"We are dealing with a new wage structure, and with the millions you have to cut you cannot be exempt whether you are the tea lady or the press secretary.
"If Brett would be satisfied with less, we are thrilled."