Colorado Rapids Vice President of Soccer Operations and technical director Paul Bravo has revealed to the Denver Post that the club passed on the chance to sign ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan.
Forlan, who is now playing for Japanese side Cerezo Osaka, has long-been rumoured as potential acquisition for MLS clubs, and was also linked to with a shock return to the Premier League last month.
Both Hull City and West Bromwich Albion were offered the chance to sign the Uruguay international on loan during the winter transfer window, according to the Daily Mail, while teams in the US were also contacted.
The Rapids were one of those sides who held brief discussions about the 2010 World Cup’s Golden Ball-winner, but Bravo insists that talks never got serious.
“Diego Forlan — did we have a conversation about him? Yes, we did,” Bravo said. “But it’s probably the same conversation 10 other clubs in this league have had in that same time frame.
“He was a guy that was offered up to us. I wouldn’t go beyond that. Everybody gets these players thrown out.”
The Rapids endured a miserable 2014 in head coach Pablo Mastroeni’s first season in charge, going winless in their last 14 games to finish eighth in the Western Conference – their worst-ever campaign.
Looking for an experienced goalscorer as a result, Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega was a target earlier this winter, per the Post, but the club have now moved onto Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Kevin Doyle.
The Republic of Ireland international is out of contract in the summer but, having been frozen out of the first-team picture over the past 18 months, could be allowed to leave now as a free agent.
Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett revealed last week that the former Reading man had been out to the US for talks with Colorado about a potential move, but Bravo was remaining tight-lipped when pushed on how close a deal is to being done.
“Doyle’s contracted with another club and so we can’t technically comment on players that are contracted with other clubs,” he said. “I can say that we are actively searching for a striker with experience.
“With a guy like that — experience, proven background in a very good league — players like him, that profile is what we’re looking for,” he continued. “Somebody who can play either as a lead striker or somebody who can drop in and play maybe as a 9½ a little bit, that’s really the profile that we’re looking for more than anything else.”