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The San Jose Earthquakes are trying to secure the services of Brondby forward and former Colorado and Red Bulls forward Jean Philippe Peguero.
A source close to Peguero said talks are under way between San Jose and Peguero, but that no deal had been completed as of Tuesday afternoon. With the transfer deadline set for tonight, it remains unclear whether Peguero will be signed during this transfer window or if Brondby is prepared to release him from his contract. If Peguero has already been released from his contract then San Jose can sign Peguero even after the transfer window passes.
Peguero has missed extended time recovering from surgery to repair multiple ligament tears in his right knee. The injury came just two months after he left the MetroStars for Brondby in the summer of 2006. He has not played competitive soccer since August of 2006, but when healthy, Peguero was a fast and strong forward capable of scoring some impressive goals.
Peguero scored 20 goals and added 13 assists in 58 games over the course of two seasons with Colorado and New York.
The 26-year-old striker could give San Jose the scoring threat it has sorely lacked, assuming he is able to regain the explosiveness that made him dangerous striker during his first stint in MLS. According to sources, Peguero’s recovery is complete and he has been playing reserve matches with Brondby.