Report: Ex-Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng linked to New York Red Bulls

The Ghana international looks set to leave Schalke in the summer and could head to MLS.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng could be heading to MLS in the summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Boateng, 28, has become surplus to requirements at Schalke over the course of this season, having made just 16 Bundesliga appearances and been out of the starting XI for the past two months after a fall out with the coaching staff.

The German outfit are keen to offload him as soon as possible, despite his contract running until 2016, and the Ghana international is now said to be fielding enquiries from a number of clubs.

A report in Bild this week linked the ex-AC Milan man with a move to China, where two teams are understood to be interested in his signature, but Gazzetta has since suggested that the New York Red Bulls and Turkish giants Galatasaray are the leading contenders.

Boateng has in the past been linked with a stateside switch, not least because his US-born fiancée Melissa Satta hopes to start an acting career there, and Gianluca di Marzio claimed last month that MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC have been in recent contact.

The team will not enter the league until 2017 at the earliest, however, making that particular rumour seem somewhat far-fetched at this point in time.

The Red Bulls, meanwhile, wouldn’t seem a great fit for Boateng on the surface, given that captain Dax McCarty, Felipe Martins and US international Sacha Kljestan currently make up a formidable starting midfield.

Nevertheless, considering Boateng’s talent and pedigree, as well as the fact that the team currently have two Designated Player slots open following Thierry Henry’s retirement and Tim Cahill’s departure, it would be understandable if enquires had indeed been made.

Head coach Jesse Marsch has even hinted that he is on the lookout for an attacking DP, telling prior to the start of the new season: “I would say we have centre-backs on the radar, forwards on the radar and attacking midfielders on the radar.”

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