Sydney swoop for Makela

Australian A-League champions Sydney FC have boosted their forward line ahead of next year's AFC Champions League by snapping up Finland's leading marksman Juho Makela on a 15-month deal.

Makela, 27, comes to Sydney as Finland's leading goalscorer with HJK Helsinki, netting 16 goals in 18 appearances and taking home the country's striker-of-the-year award.

Makela, who will arrive in Australia in early January, scored 64 goals in 129 matches in three stints with HJK, where he also won three domestic titles.

The Finn chose the Sky Blues after seeing the club's facilities, coaching and playing staff last month.