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New Colorado Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson has signed several New Zealand internationals who are familiar with his methods from his time in charge of that country’s national team, and this weekend the Rapids were linked to another player with Kiwi ties.
The New Zealand Herald reported on Sunday that Colorado sought to acquire winger Roy Krishna from Wellington Phoenix, the New Zealand-based club that competes in Australia’s A-League, but had a six-figure transfer bid rejected.
Krishna, 30, is a Fiji international with a distinguished scoring record for both Wellington and his national team. He's netted 32 goals and 21 assists in 87 appearances for the Phoenix and 20 in 32 for Fiji, including a goal in the 2016 Summer Olympics that stands as the island nation's first-ever goal in that competition.
The Herald reports that Colorado offered a "six-figure sum" for Krishna's rights, but suggests that Wellington are holding out for "between $750,000 and $1 million" in Australian currency, equivalent to the US$500,000 to $800,000 range.
To further complicate the picture, Krishna is reportedly entering the final months of his current contract. The Phoenix – who currently sit in last place in the 10-team A-League – maintain that they are determined to keep him in their colors, however.
“We want Roy to stay,” Wellington chief executive David Dome told the Herald. “We will try our hardest to keep him at the Phoenix. We rate him as a player and leader.”