Report: Brisbane to sign Serbian striker Andrija Kaluderovic.Posted: January 27, 2015
Brisbane have been looking for a striker this January transfer window, and it appears they may have found their man in Andrija Kaluderovic. Reports first emerged today on the Football Central website, and the Serbian could be announced this week.
Kaluderovic, 27, has had a host of clubs in his career, with his most successful spells coming at Serbian sides FK Rad -21 goals in 45 games- and Red Star Belgrade -19 goals in 43 games-. His most recent club was Swiss Super League side FC Thun, where he scored twice in five games before departing. He as also been capped at every level for the Serbian national team, with three senior appearances for his country.
Kaluderovic also has some experience in Asia which could useful, with a stint in the Chinese Super League with possible group stage opponent Beijing Guo’an back in 2012. His time in the Chinese capital wasn’t overly successful, with just two goals in 11 games before being loaned out to other clubs.
The signing of Kaluderovic, if it is confirmed, takes Brisbane to 22 contracted players, and four visa players. Currently Brisbane have just the three visa players contracted with Henrique gaining citizenship yesterday, leaving just Thomas Broich, Jean Carlos Solórzano and Jerome Polenz which means Brisbane can sign an additional two this transfer window. Henrique however will still count as a visa player in the Champions League due to their rules and regulations.
Brisbane having been looking for a striker all season, with Mensur Kurtishi, Brandon Borrello and Jean Carlos Solórzano all struggling to step up to the plate following the departure of Besart Berisha. While Kaluderovic doesn’t have boast the same level of former clubs Berisha did when he arrived, his goal scoring record prior to joining Brisbane far exceeds the Albanian who went on to scored 48 goals for Brisbane.
With half of Brisbane’s 14 goals to date coming from Henrique, and the struggles of the now departed Mensur Kurtishi – 1 goal in 9 games, and Jean Carlos Solórzano – 3 goals in 12 games-, Kaluderovic would be a handy boost to the frontline if the deal comes to fruition.