Monday, March 15, 2010

A Striking Rumor: Salou to Sign with Red Bulls?

As we get closer to what we hope will be MLS opening day, we should start seeing some major Red Bulls squad announcements over the coming days.  One intriguing question concerns the team's current options up front.  Who will be the man partnering Juan Pablo Angel when the team squares off against Chicago Fire on March 27?

Will it be the injury-riddled Macoumba Kandji, who has shown little to nothing in his limited time on the pitch this pre-season?  Could Conor Chinn end up securing an unlikely starting spot after last week's two goal performance against Miami?  Or will the experienced John Wolyniec - who has been used mostly in a substitute role - end up in the lineup?  What about Juan Agudelo, whose status is still up in the air?

It's possible, of course, that Erik Solér and Hans Backe are not be entirely happy with any of those options.  In fact, if reports in Danish media are to be believed, the Red Bulls are in discussions about signing striker Ibrahim Salou (above) from Danish club Vejle.  Salou, a Ghanaian holding Belgian citizenship, has played for a number of clubs in Belgium, including Zulte-Waregem and Club Brugge, where he won successive Belgian Cups in 2006 and 2007.  Prior to joining Vejle in 2009, he spent a year at MSV Duisburg in Germany. Salou scored the first goal in Friday's friendly match against Miami FC.

If Salou signs (and that's still a big if), who could you see not making the cut?  Will Chinn be on the outside looking in?  Would the Red Bulls cut bait with the mostly disappointing Kandji?  Or will John Wolyniec not survive to see opening day in Harrison?  Let us know what you think.

Update: According to another report from Demark, Salou's contract with Vejle runs through the summer of 2011, so it's unclear how his addition would fit in with Solér's stated intention  to bring in out-of-contract players or those demanding small transfer fees.
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