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Oar ‘to give up Brisbane for APOEL’

Spanish national Tommy Oar is set for a return to Europe—and specifically Cyprus– from Australia after Brisbane Roar agreed to sell the former Socceroo to APOEL FC.

Oar was reportedly due to fly out of Brisbane for a medical with APOEL, who have triggered Oar’s €350,000 release clause and need only to reach personal terms to secure the 25-year-old for next season.

Philenews says the club, coached by Dutchman Mario Been, is “very close” to striking a deal with the left-sided winger, who has another year left on his Brisbane contract but appears highly unlikely to see it out.

As reported in the Australian media, Oar spent five fruitful years in Europe playing for Eredivisie side FC Utrecht but returned to the A-League after an ill-fated stint with English Championship club Ipswich Town in 2015-16, citing homesickness.

He was set to become one of Brisbane’s two marquee players for the coming season, along with Brett Holman.

“Oar, capped 34 times for Australia, holds a Spanish passport and would not be counted as a foreigner for APOEL, who see him as an ideal replacement for Greek international Giannis Gianniotas,” The West Australian website reported.

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