Report: RSL acquire Findley's rights in trade with Portland

When Real Salt Lake shipped striker Fabián Espíndola to New York, the general consensus was that Jason Kreis' next move was to find a suitable replacement.

According to a report that emerged Tuesday, that replacement could be a familiar face.

Soccer By Ives is reporting that RSL have acquired the rights to striker Robbie Findley from Portland via trade, laying the groundwork for the return of the forward who scored 29 goals for the Claret-and-Cobalt from 2007 to 2010.

RSL declined to comment on the report when contacted by MLSsoccer.com.

Portland selected Findley in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, securing his MLS rights should a return materialize. His best season came during RSL's 2009 MLS Cup-winning campaign, as he scored 12 goals and added four assists in 27 appearances.

That season, along with a call-up to the United States' World Cup squad, fueled a move to Championship side Nottingham Forest, where he has scored six goals in 25 appearances since signing with the club in December 2010. More recently, the 27-year-old spent time on loan with League Two's Gillingham, tallying one assist in seven games after joining in September.