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Jan, 24, 2009

Rukavytsya on the verge of European move

Star Perth Glory striker Nikita Rukavytsya is on the verge of joining FC Twente after the Dutch first division side made an offer for the 21-year-old.

Rukavytsya, who is contracted to the Glory for another season, impressed FC Twente during his recent one-week trial there and is keen on a move to Europe to further his career.

Perth released a statement saying: "Glory officials are examining the offer prior to any negotiations taking place.

"At this early stage it is expected that negotiations would occur over several days and the club will make an official announcement at the completion of those discussions."

FC Twente made the offer for Rukavytsya just before kick-off in the Glory's 4-2 loss to Queensland on Saturday night.

Rukavytsya scored the opening goal of the match in the 21st minute, taking his season tally to 10 goals.

"Word only came through late today that they (FC Twente) had made an offer and so we weren't quite sure if he was going to play but he was still our player and he gave everything out there," Glory coach Dave Mitchell said.

"You could see why he is in demand.

"Nikita has a great future in front of him and if the negotiations are successful and he leaves Perth Glory then he will do so with our blessing and the best wishes for a successful career."

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