Victory clinches deal for Toivonen as Bouzanis departs City

Melbourne Victory have pulled off a second stunning transfer coup, convincing Swedish striker Ola Toivonen to join the A-League champions.

Across town the movement is in the other direction, however, with Melbourne City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis travelling to Europe on a one-year loan deal.

City is tight lipped about his destination, but it is believed that the shot stopper – who was at Liverpool as a junior – could be set to link up with his previous coach John Van 't Schip at Dutch club Pec Zwolle.

Toivonen is poised to link with Kevin Muscat's side from French club Toulouse, which announced his departure and destination on Friday.

Sweden's Ola Toivonen is joining Melbourne Victory.

Sweden’s Ola Toivonen is joining Melbourne Victory.

The 32-year-old has made a handshake agreement, passed a preliminary medical and will travel to Melbourne in the next fortnight when a final deal should be confirmed.

The World Cup quarter-finalist is set to join Japanese legend Keisuke Honda in a high-profile strike force at AAMI Park.

Toivonen has scored 14 goals in 64 caps for Sweden, calling time on his international career after Sweden's run to the last eight in Russia.

He started each of Sweden's matches at the World Cup, scoring against reigning champions Germany.

Both clubs have run the changes in the off-season. Eight senior players – Leroy George, James Donachie, Rhys Williams, Stefan Nigro, Matias Sanchez, Mitch Austin, Christian Theoharous and Besart Berisha – left Victory following their grand final win over Newcastle while City also cleared the decks.

Muscat has signed German Georg Niedermeier, Kiwi Storm Roux, Corey Brown, returning defender Nick Ansell and Honda.

City signed French attacking midfielder Florin Berenguer earlier this week but will now be looking to sign another goalkeeper. Veteran former Socceroo Eugene Galekovic started in the FFA Cup win on Wednesday night.

With AAP

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