Rumor Central: Red Bulls set to ink former La Liga centerback to two-year contract?
The New York Red Bulls look set to add some more depth at centerback entering a busy 2014 season.
According to El Dia de Cordoba, Spanish centerback Armando Lozano is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the 2013 Supporters' Shield winners and is scheduled to travel to the US this week. Red Bulls players report to camp on January 24.
The Red Bulls are yet to respond to a request for comment from MLSsoccer.com, but sporting director Andy Roxburgh told a group of reporters on Thursday that "there are discussions going on."
Sunday's article says that Lozano, who turned 29 in December, will first cut ties with his current club, second-division Spanish side Córdoba, after missing the club's weekend trip to Ponferrada. He made 28 total appearances for the club, which sits in 7th place in the Liga Adelante, just three points from the top spot.
Save for one year with Levante in Spain's top flight, Lozano has mainly spent his career with lower division sides in Spain (Málaga, FC Cartagena, Barcelona B) and Mexico (Veracruz).
He would help a centerback corps that lost Markus Holgersson and currently projects Jamison Olave (32 years old) and Ibrahim Sekagya (33 years old) as starters. Homegrown signing Matt Miazga, 18, made his MLS debut in 2013 appearing in 14 minutes of action.
But what might prove even more interesting to RBNY faithful is the fact that the El Dia de Cordoba article also claims that the Red Bulls are chasing Anderlecht's Venezuelan international Ronald Vargas and a young Gambian named Madou Sowe.