Rumor Central: Park Ji-Sung a target of Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps?
Could we be set for a Canadian tug-of-war for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Ji-Sung Park?
The former South Korean international is rumored to be leaving QPR after the English Premier League club suffered relegation and MLS continues to be the speculated destination for the 32-year-old.
The Daily Mail says there are "a number of MLS clubs keen on the midfielder. Among those are Toronto FC, who are managed by former Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen."
What's interesting is that another former teammate of Park on the South Korean national team, Vancouver Whitecaps right back Young-Pyo Lee, was asked about whether he's also been trying to recruit the EPL man to the other side of Canada.
"Last week I was talking with Ji-Sung Park actually," Lee told The Province back in February. "If I can, I will bring another good Korean player. Must be much better than me."
Park has 18 appearances with QPR thus far in the 2012-2013 season, his first campaign with the club after a seven-year career at EPL giants Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Park may not be the only player for which the Whitecaps and TFC may be jockeying. Reports also have the two MLS clubs as the frontrunners for English winger Jermaine Pennant.
The MLS primary transfer window closes May 6 and the secondary window opens on July 9. But the windows wouldn't be a requirement depending on when the player is released from his contract, as the reports in England intimate.
If Park is released before May 6, he can sign with an MLS club at any time. However, if QPR cut ties with him after May 6, he'd have to wait until the July 9 window should he choose to become an MLS player.