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The Colorado Rapids are close to landing Danish midfielder Younes Namli as a Designated Player, according to Joseph Samelson of Rapids Republic.
Namli, 25, currently plays for Russian club FC Krasnodar in an attacking role and has one goal and one assist across 18 appearances. Aside from playing in the Russian Premier League, his time with Krasnodar has also included a combined seven Europa League and Champions League appearances.
I'm told #Rapids96 made "significant progress over the last four days" towards acquiring Danish midfielder Younes Namli as a Designated Player.— Joseph Samelson (@jspsam) January 12, 2020
Namli arrived at Krasnodar last May from Dutch side PEC Zwolle on a four-year deal, so any move to Colorado would require a loan or transfer fee. He’s also spent three seasons in Holland with SC Heerenveen, and began his professional career with Akademisk Boldklub, a club in Denmark’s lower leagues.
The Rapids currently have all three Designated Player slots open, though they have largely turned to younger MLS talents as of late. Colorado have acquired defenders Lalas Abubakar and Auston Trusty, as well as winger Jonathan Lewis over the last two windows. They've also signed veteran defender Drew Moor as a free agent.
This would be a second international move for the Rapids, after MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert reported they’ve signed former Toronto FC winger Nicolas Benezet from EA Guingamp for a $500,000 transfer fee.