Toffees go for Bosnar deal
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Everton look set to press ahead with their interest in Australian defender Eddy Bosnar.
The Sturm Graz stopper spent time on trial with Everton during their pre-season tour of Austria and he looks to have done enough to convince manager David Moyes to take him on.
Bosnar is available for nothing from Sturm Graz and their boss Heinz Schilcher has confirmed that a deal is in place for him to move to Goodison Park.
"We have agreed to let Bosnar go," Schilcher explained.
"It is a massive chance for Bosnar. It is up to him now. There are only a few details to clarify with Everton.
"Playing in The Premiership has always been a dream for Eddy and I'm sure he can battle for a regular first-team spot."
The 24-year-old would not qualify for a work-permit but would be allowed into England on a two-year visa.
Bosnar - who is yet to win a full Australian cap, is considering switching his allegiance to Croatia if he fails to break into Frank Farina's squad.
"Perhaps I'm not Frank's sort of player," said Bosnar in Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
"I've constantly been told I'll be given a chance with the SocceRoos but the call never comes.
"I could get a Croatian passport tomorrow but that's not what I really want to do.
"Australia have the first option but if they don't want me, what can I do?"
Meanwhile, Moyes has confirmed that the club have been offered Roma's Christian Panucci - but he played down talk of move for the veteran Italian international.
"Panucci is a player who has been mentioned to us but that is all that has happened on that score," said Moyes.