UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The Red Bulls are looking to bring in a No. 10, and club sporting director Erik Solér said on Thursday he hopes to finalize a signing by the April 15 transfer deadline.
"There are two or three options we’ve been in discussion about for some weeks,” said Solér.
He wasn’t specific as to where the Red Bulls are looking or with which players they are having discussions. He did, however, confirm that Swedish international Anders Svensson, long lined with a move to New York, is not one of the targeted players.
Solér said that the Red Bulls are looking within MLS as well as overseas for this attacking midfielder, who would be charged with distributing the ball to forwards Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo. All three domestic options are under contract, however, though Solér said he's optimistic such a player will join the club soon.
“I’m hopeful, but in soccer, things change,” the former Norwegian international said.
Though Solér said the player “could be” an American, all language seems to indicate a foreign player. If it were an international player, Solér is ready to move a player from New York to free up an international slot as RBNY are currently at the maximum for international signings.
“We’re going to sort that out,” Solér said.
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