Ante Erceg - Hajduk Split


A Croatian outlet has linked the Seattle Sounders to one of the top wingers in that nation’s top division, Ante Erceg.

Zagreb-based tabloid 24sata reported on Thursday that Seattle have made a €6 million ($7.1 million) bid to Hajduk Split for the attacker, a right-footed winger who typically plays an inverted role on the left flank and has been one of the leading scorers and assist-getters in Croatia in recent seasons.

Erceg, 28, has spent only a brief period of his career outside his homeland, a six-month stint at Turkish side Balikesirspor, though he has featured, and scored several goals, in UEFA Europa League action. The 24sata report claims that the Sounders’ efforts to secure his services dramatically outpace the only other significant interest from overseas, a much smaller bid from Danish club Brondby IF.

If accurate, the transfer fee supposedly offered for Erceg would rank among the largest in MLS history, nearly the size of the $9 million price Seattle reportedly paid to sign Clint Dempsey in 2013.