Swedish World Cup striker Ola Toivonen has signed for Melbourne Victory as they look to go back to back.
With Keisuke Honda and Australia’s own James Troisi signed on as Victory’s marquee players for the up and coming season, it is believed that the former Sunderland striker is set to be signed under the salary cap.
Toivonen’s former side Toulouse FC tweeted out today, “After two seasons in the colours of the Toulouse Football Club, for which he played 58 Ligue 1 games, Ola Toivonen will now carry the Melbourne Victory jersey.”
With the A-League record scorer, Besart Berisha, gone to the J-League, Victory couldn’t of found a better signing to fill in the void.
This transfer makes Victory the most dangerous team in the competition and a serious chance to winning a fifth title after losing a few players during the off season.
Since the grand final win against Necastle, Leroy George, James Donachie, Rhys Williams, Stefan Nigro, Matias Sanchez, Mitch Austin, Christian Theoharous and Berisha have left the club.
Muscat has gone on to sign German Georg Niedermeier, Kiwi Storm Roux, Corey Brown and returning to the club Nick Ansell as well as Honda.
Toivonen has described his move to Victory as an adventure.
“I know Melbourne Victory is a big club in Australia, they won the championship last year and they’re playing in the Champions League,” Toivonen told the club’s website.
“If you go on an adventure, you want the possibility of winning, you want to win something.
“With the squad that has been assembled, including Keisuke, Georg and myself, I think we can do some good things this year.”
Adding Toivonen in would automatically make Kenny Athiu go to the bench again as he looks to prepare for his second season in the A-League.
Toivonen competed in the World Cup that just past and put one in the back of the net against former champions Germany.