• Wanted Wanderers striker Tomi Juric is resisting offers to move elsewhere for now (Getty Images)
Western Sydney Wanderers striker Tomi Juric has spurned advances from four European clubs – including Ivan Franjic’s Torpedo Moscow – and pledged his loyalty to coach Tony Popovic.
By
David Lewis

13 Aug 2014 - 3:11 PM  UPDATED 13 Aug 2014 - 5:21 PM

Torpedo, which snared Socceroos defender Franjic from Brisbane Roar earlier this month, was joined by leading Swedish, Danish and Belgium clubs in seeking to snare the A-League All Star.

The Russian Premier League side's offer of $700,000 was declined by both club and player with Juric - out of contact with the Wanderers at the end of the 2014-2015 A-League season - signalling his intention to remain, for the time being at least, at Pirtek Stadium where he believes he will continue to flourish under the guidance of Popovic.

Juric was also subject of a $500,000 bid from a Swedish side but the Wanderers appear unwilling to release one of their brightest young talents - espcially considering there is no buyout clause in his contract.

The 23-year-old's stocks took another sharp rise when he came off the bench to score with his first touch for the A-League All Stars in their 3-2 loss to Juventus at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

The scorer of eight goals in 18 appearances for the Wanderers last season, Juric is happy to delay his quest to try his luck again overseas - after a spell in Croatia at three different clubs- and instead build on the success he has already achieved in the A-League and AFC Champions League.

WSW CEO John Tsatsimas declined to comment on the interest swirling around Juric when contacted by The World Game.

The moves to poach Juric, who was a part of the Wanderers side shocked 1-0 by Adelaide City in Tuesday night’s FFA Cup upset, comes a month after the Wanderers rejected the opportunity to pocket $2.5 million from the sale of 2014 World Cup defender Matthew Spiranovic from a leading Asian club, believed to be one the four it faced in the earlier stages of the ACL.

The offer met the buyout clause inserted into a lucrative new two-year deal penned by Spiranovic before the Brazil 2014 - but neither the player nor the club were willing to accept it.

Spiranovic's reputation as a composed and classy centre back was enhanced in Brazil where he was named in the tournament's Pass Masters XI - compiled by the website sport.uk.msn.com using official match data - with the line-up assembled from players with 100 passes or more to their names at the tournament.

The defender spent seven years abroad before joining the A-League club last season, including spells in Germany, Japan and Qatar, and at 26 has made no secret if his desire to play club football overseas again.

Statistics revealed that Spiranovic misplaced just three of his 100 passes at the World Cup, to underline his accuracy.

Spiranovic, who is recuperating from ankle surgery, is not expected to return to action until the A-League kicks off in October.

Pass Masters World Cup XI: Manuel Neuer (Germany), Bruno Martins Indi (Netherlands), Gary Medel (Chile), Per Mertesacker (Germany), Matthew Spiranovic (Australia), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Daniele De Rossi (Italy), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Toni Kroos (Germany), Peter Odemwingie (Nigeria).