With the MLS roster freeze deadline set for Monday at 5pm, the New York Red Bulls stand poised to add as many as three new players and Atlanta Silverbacks striker Mac Kandji could be one of them.
Red Bulls sporting director Jeff Agoos revealed on Friday that the team is close to completing a deal for one player and is in discussions to add between one and two more. He would not reveal the identity of any of the players, but sources with knowledge of the discussions have informed SBI that talks between the Red Bulls and Atlanta Silverbacks regarding forward Mac Kandji have resumed. According to one source, the talks went from dead to suddenly back on again last week.
Sources told SBI two weeks ago that MLS originally blocked the Red Bulls from making its $200,000 transfer off to Atlanta for Kandji, a report MLS officials strongly denied at the time. According to a source close to the negotiations, the transfer discussions between New York and Atlanta went from no longer taking place to actively taking place the week after the SBI report.
The discussions have moved along slowly but Monday’s deadline is forcing both sides to work quickly to come to a resolution. The Red Bulls have the $200,000 ransfer fee Atlanta is seeking, but must still come to terms with Kandji on a contract and other terms. The Red Bulls and Silverbacks are close in their negotiations over a transfer agreement, and Kandji has already begun preliminary contract discussions with the Red Bulls, but the deal is still not close to being completed with just 76 hours to go before the MLS transaction deadline.
Sources have also told SBI that the Red Bulls have offered a major allocation to the Colorado Rapids for forward Omar Cummings, but the offer has been turned down.
The Red Bulls are expected to announce a player signing later today, but details have yet to be revealed on who the player is.
The Red Bulls cleared room on their roster by trading Hunter Freeman on Friday, but would likely have to waive a player to make room for three.
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