When it came to completing a planned three-international addition to the LA Galaxy roster, it seems "hopeful" was the right read for club president Chris Klein, whom – according to the Los Angeles Times – completed the long-rumored signing of Netherlands international Nigel de Jong.
#LAGalaxy complete deal for Nigel de Jong. Contract reportedly less than $1 million. Formal announcement expected this week— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) January 31, 2016
De Jong, 31, would join the club from AC Milan, where the midfielder has played since 2012, following a 3 1/2-year stint at Manchester City. Though he's made only five appearances for Milan this season, de Jong has more than 80 caps with the Netherlands, including runs during the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. A defensive midfielder, his acquisition would help to offset the Galaxy's sale of Juninho to Club Tijuana.