Rumor Central: LA Galaxy reportedly make big play for Giovani dos Santos | THE SIDELINE

Mexico's Giovani dos Santos

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Rumors are rumors, but this one needs little set-up:

When it comes to player signing rumors, it's not often spelled out as plainly as that. But thanks to several reports coming out of ESPN Deportes on Wednesday, we've got more details about the LA Galaxy's alleged pursuit of Mexican national team forward Giovani dos Santos than usual.

To lure a 24-year old Mexican star away from Europe and into Major League Soccer, you've gotta think big.

Dos Santos only moved from Tottenham Hotspur to his current club, Mallorca, last summer. He scored six goals in 29 appearances during his debut season there, and has remained a regular fixture in the Mexican national team throughout.

A potential signing of dos Santos would ultimately rule out long rumored transfer targets Kaká from Real Madrid and Frank Lampard, who recently re-signed with Chelsea. Given his significant age advantage over the two 30-somethings, Gio would almost certainly be the Galaxy's top choice to fill their third Designated Player slot vacated by the departure of David Beckham.

Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman said once upon a time in 2012 that he and head coach Peter Vermes had tried to sign the Mexican star, but those attempts were obviously unsuccessful.

Dos Santos to LA? Is this thing real? If you're a Galaxy fan, are you just absolutely loving it right now? Or as a Western Conference foe, maybe you're fuming over the spending power of the league's most famous club.