Bordeaux chase Smicer

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Bordeaux are hoping to bring Liverpool hero Vladimir Smicer back to France.

The former Lens man left Liverpool in a blaze of glory on Wednesday night scoring the second goal and then a crucial penalty in the shoot-out victory over Milan in the UEFA Champions League final.

Smicer's contract expires next month and he is free to leave Anfield after being told he would not be offered a new deal.

The Czech Republic ace did his chances of finding a new club no harm with his impressive showing in Istanbul and Bordeaux are keen to bring him to Stade Chaban-Delmas.

Smicer's agent Pavel Paska revealed Bordeaux contacted him straight after the final.

"Right after the final I got a call from Bordeaux asking about Smicer," Paska told Sport.

"They told me they want to sign him straight away."

Meanwhile, Harry Kewell looks set to undergo surgery on his groin problem.

The Australian international suffered a recurrence of an old groin injury against Milan and was forced off with the problem midway through the first half to be replaced by Smicer.

Kewell has been ravaged by injury problems all season and he will now go under the knife to hopefully resolve the injury.

The former Leeds man is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks and means Kewell will miss next month's Confederations Cup in Germany.

Australia boss Frank Farina admitted it was a blow to lose Kewell, but hopes the surgery will help the winger get back to full fitness.

"It was always going to be the danger," Farina told the Melbourne Age.

"Unfortunately, it shows that what he's been saying all along is right - that he's got a major problem there.

"It's disappointing for us, but let's hope he gets back after the surgery and that he's ready for the World Cup play-off in November."