Report: Houllier reaches out to Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano

Report: Houllier reaches out to Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano

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Report: Houllier reaches out to Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano

BY DAVE MARTINEZ

It seems Gerard Houllier is looking to do more than simply trim the Red Bulls roster.

“Futnet” out of Brazil reports the Red Bulls Global Director of Soccer traveled out to the Soccerex facility in Rio de Janiero to speak with 37-year-old attacking midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.

Known as a dynamic playmaker with a knack for scoring free kicks, Juninho has become a legend with his current club Vasco da Gama. In two stints with the club, he has appeared 365 times while netting 82 goals. In between, he became a vital fixture with French club Lyon, appearing in 350 matches and scoring 100 goals while helping lead the side to 7 consecutive Ligue 1 titles.

Juninho has a history with Houllier. The French boss named the Brazilian playmaker team captain during his time at the helm of Lyon. Since then, Juninho has played for Qatari’s Al-Gharafa and most recently at Vasco where he has compiled 22 goals in 70 appearances since 2011.

Futnet does say Juninho leans towards remaining with his club who are undecided on the veterans future and unwilling to move him to another club within Brazil’s Campeonato. Vasco sits 6th in the league table and rounds off their year against Fluminense on Sunday.

New York has long sought after a dynamic distributor in the middle. Think the soon-to-be 38 year old Juninho the right man for the job?

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