Phoenix looking for Premier League friendly

Last updated 11:09 22/01/2014

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Wellington Phoenix are on the hunt to bring an English Premier League club to New Zealand during the next pre-season.

Phoenix general manager David Dome said he would love to bring an EPL club to these shores but says no fixtures had been confirmed.

Dome said last night that the club was always on the lookout for quality international opposition.

"I wouldn't be doing my job if I wasn't exploring the possibility of bringing quality teams to New Zealand.

"In the past we have brought out LA Galaxy and Boca Juniors, and we have noted the success Australia had last year in getting Premier League teams to play in Sydney and Melbourne.''

Last year Melbourne Victory hosted Liverpool, a match attended by more than 95,000 fans, and an A-League All Stars team faced off against EPL giants Manchester United in front of 83,000 supporters.

Dome said over the past 18 months Wellington Phoenix had some options presented to them and there had been on-going discussions with various parties.

''But it is a big step from discussions to confirmation. If a suitable opportunity presents itself, and it works financially as well as from a team perspective we will consider it."

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