Report: Colorado Rapids keen on Fulham's Hugo Rodallega

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Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could be heading to MLS in the near future if US-based reports are to be believed.

The Colorado Rapids are pursuing Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega, according to the Denver Post.

Rodallega, 29, has recorded nine goals and eight assists in 22 Championship games this season, having remained at Craven Cottage over the summer despite both the club’s relegation and interest in his signature from River Plate, per Sky Sports.

Nevertheless, the Colombia international’s contract in west London is set to expire in six months’ time, and a move this winter has been mooted.

Rapids head coach Pablo Mastreoni has confirmed that he visited Fulham during the MLS offseason to “do more scouting” and watch a game and, while he failed to reveal his intended target, it’s understood to have been the former Wigan Athletic man.

Colorado endured a miserable 2014 in Mastroeni’s first season in charge, going winless in their last 14 games to finish eighth in the Western Conference – their worst-ever placing.

As a result, the team are looking to make a splash in the transfer market before the new campaign kicks off, with president Tim Hinchey telling the Post last week: “We need a big-name player to come in and help take us to the next level.

“We'll have someone before the season starts. We're absolutely going to get a player that is going to matter to Colorado soccer fans and will contribute to the Rapids on the pitch.

“We're also looking at goal scorers in Europe that maybe don't have the same name recognition but will also be a major investment to help," he added. "To be fair, I'd probably rather get the goal-scorer that's going to help us win and go get trophies."

Rodallega might not be a big-name draw, but he does fit that latter description, having been producing to a high standard in one of European football’s most competitive leagues in recent months.

He’d no doubt prove an excellent addition for the MLS level, but it remains to be seen whether the Rapids will have the resources to lure him across the Atlantic.

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