American Exports: New suitors in race for free agent O'Brien
AMSTERDAM – The transfer situation surrounding free agent SønderjyskE midfielder Conor O'Brien has intensified with new potential suitors coming to the table in recent weeks.
In late December, the 24-year-old midfielder appeared to be down to choosing between a Danish Superliga club higher up the food chain and a team from Belgium's Jupiler League. However, MLSsoccer.com has learned that some competing Bundesliga interest has now sparked in the player, who ran out of contract with the new year.
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"There has been new parties involved," O'Brien rep Allan Bak Jensen confirmed to MLSsoccer.com. "We are in the process with a few clubs, but nothing has been completed. Conor is keeping up his fitness back in America."
O'Brien also had interest from a strong Eredivisie club dissipate recently. Jensen says they checked to see if he would be eligible for the Irish passport held by his parents – in order to skirt the Dutch league's minimum salary for non-European Union players – but he did not qualify.
Jensen also divulged that his client had no contact from the US national team prior to January call-ups. For the current SønderjyskE season, O'Brien rang up four goals and three assists in 20 Superliga matches while working from a deep-lying playmaker position. He scored in what will stand as his final game for the club, a 2-2 draw with Brøndby last month.