Wellington Phoenix EPL deal work in progress

17:00, Apr 11 2014

An announcement won't be made today, but the Phoenix remain hopeful of luring an English Premier League club, or clubs, to New Zealand in the A-League off-season.

Phoenix general manager David Dome had hoped to make a definitive announcement to fans at today's season-ending game against Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium.

The news would have brought some joy to long-suffering supporters, with the Phoenix in danger of retaining the wooden spoon if they fail to beat the Victory.

Dome, who is spending up to 10 hours a day working towards a deal, yesterday said he had no comment to make.

A Phoenix spokesman said that no announcement would be made today but the club remained hopeful of an EPL visit.

Dome has confirmed talks with Winston Reid's West Ham United, while Newcastle United have also been tipped for a July tour Down Under, possibly for a four-team tournament also involving Brisbane Roar.

The Wellington City Council are also involved in trying to broker the deal.

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