Adelaide close to signing new striker: Gombau

Adelaide United are set to sign a new striker to fill the gap left by the departing Awer Mabil and Miguel Palanca, says coach Josep Gombau.

With Mabil's move to Denmark confirmed yesterday and Palanca not remaining at the club following a one-season stay last term, the Reds are short of option up front. 

Although Gombau did claim they are near to sealing an attacking reinforcement.

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"We are close to an agreement with a player who plays up front, but this separate from the Awer situation," he said.

As for who will replace the livewire Young Socceroos winger, the Adelaide coach has no intention of rushing the recruitment process, while backing another pacy youngster in Bruce Kamau to step up and plug the gap.

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"It's not quickly or not," he said when asked how long it will be until the Mabil vacancy is filled.

"It's to find the player we want. We have an idea. Now we need to speak with the player and the club and try to find an agreement. 

"We don't want to [rush] and bring the player we don't really want. We have also Bruce Kamau, that is a player in this year, for me, will have a good role and can do the job."

Gombau says he denied Mabil an Adelaide United farewell against Liverpool over injury concerns ahead of his transfer to FC Midtjylland.

Awer Mabil will leave Adelaide United after three years with the club.

The 19-year-old forward is set to join the Danish club for an undisclosed fee reported to be an Hyundai A-League record.

But there was no fairy-tale goodbye in the 2-0 loss to the Premier League heavyweights at the Adelaide Oval on Monday night for fear of a freak injury scuppering the move at the last minute.

"Today, to play Awer is risky, because if something happened like an injury, he could lose this contract," Gombau said.

"In this moment we used our common sense not to play him. I would have liked Awer to play in this kind of game because it's a good day for him to say bye-bye to everybody."