10 Feb 2013

Phoenix sign EPL striker

12:07 am on 10 February 2013

The Wellington Phoenix football club has signed young Fulham striker Corey Gameiro on loan till the end of the A-League season.

Gameiro, 20, had an outstanding under-19 Asian Football Confederation championship for Australia, remarkably scoring all six of Australia's goals at the tournament to help them qualify for the 2013 Fifa under-20 World Cup.

A hard-working speedy striker, Gameiro has recently been on loan with top Dutch club FC Eindhoven where he made eight appearances.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert says he's delighted to secure Gameiro's services as his arrival will add pace and depth to the squad.

The coach also said the youngster's signing was another step in the further development of the club.

Herbert says it's important to establish relationships with clubs around the world and it is exciting to form one with an English Premier League side.

The Phoenix will be seeking an international clearance for Gameiro on Monday and he should be available for the trip to Brisbane Roar next week.