Atletico favourites for Neill

03 September 2009 09:02
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are reportedly close to signing Australia international Lucas Neill.[LNB] The free agent, who recently left West Ham after rejecting their latest contract offer, is mulling over offers from several clubs including Atletico, Galatasaray, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Hull City.[LNB]With the new tax rate of 50 per cent for Britain's high income earners set to be implemented next April, Neill is seriously considering a switch to Spain after 14 years in England.[LNB]"I am in talks with a club outside of England," Neill told the Australian media.[LNB]"That's been the hardest one because of the language barrier. It's a change of what I've been used to.[LNB]"A decision will take a lot of courage so that's why I've taken my time."[LNB]Atletico's offer of around £1.5million-a-year to the 31-year-old is less than what West Ham offered, but Neill will pocket more in Spain due to the country's lower tax rates.[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports