Report: Former Premier League star set for MLS

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Twice capped England defender Zat Knight looks set to join MLS side Colorado Rapids.

For a long time, Major League Soccer has been seen as something of a final destination for former Premier League players to go to to see out their careers.

And it appears as if another former Premier League stalwart is set to make the move to North America, with former Fulham and Aston Villa man Zat Knight in talks with Colorado Rapids.

According to, Knight is set to fly to Denver this week to complete negotiations over a possible transfer to the Rapids, whilst technical director Paul Bravo confirmed on Tuesday that the club were in talks to sign an unidentified veteran defender - with the resolution of the deal expected in a few days.

If a deal is to be completed, the Rapids will be 34-year old Knight’s fifth professional club, having turned out most recently for Bolton Wanderers in the Championship. The central defender started his professional career with Fulham, before moving to Aston Villa after eight years in West London. He spent a spell on loan with Peterborough United during his early years, whilst acting as the Cottagers captain in the absence of Luis Boa Morte. His move to Bolton materialised in 2009, and he was named club captain for the 2013/14 season.

However, at the close of the season, Knight left the club and has been actively looking for a new side.

A move to Colorado is good for both parties, with Knight able to add his valuable Premier League experience to a roster light in defensive positions. Shane O’Neill, Drew Moore and Jared Watts are unavailable due to injury, and the MLS side have been searching for someone to fill the void with experience and leadership. Speaking about the player they were looking at bringing in, Bravo stated the key traits that Knight fulfils.

“His strengths are experience, leadership qualities. He’s going to be very good in the air. He’s also going to be somebody who can command the whole group out on the field from that position. The experience is a big factor, too.”

It is unlikely the deal and all required paperwork will go through in the next day, and so Knight’s first game in MLS will likely come against Portland Timbers at DSG Park on September 14.

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