The New York Red Bulls’ search for a forward has led them to Atlanta, where they have their eye on a forward who just might be able to help the club’s slumping offense.
The Red Bulls are considering acquiring Atlanta Silverbacks striker Macoumba Kandji and Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has traveled to Atlanta to see the striker in person. Atlanta plays Miami FC tonight.
The Red Bulls have been eyeing Kandji for months and placed a discovery claim on Kandji several months ago, sources told SBI on Friday. One source told SBI that the Red Bulls have the first discovery option on Kandji.
So what is standing in the way? The Atlanta Silverbacks have the Senegalese striker under contract and are seeking a transfer fee of approximately $200,000. The Red Bulls have the funds to make such a purchase, but must decide whether he is the striker they want to spend a sizeable allocation on.
Kandji has registered 10 goals and five assists for Atlanta this season, tying him for the USL first-division lead in the goals. Kandji, who turned 23 last Saturday, could be the speedy forward Osorio has been hoping to find to play alongside Juan Pablo Angel. Kandji’s combination of size (6-foot-4) and speed have helped him spearhead an Atlanta attack that leads the USL first division in goals.
The Red Bulls could make a bid for the young striker as early as next week. Tonight’s match should offer a good gauge for Osorio of where Kandji stands as Kandji will very likely be matched up against former Red Bulls defender Eric Brunner, a starting central defender for Miami.
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