Report: Ex-Liverpool and Fulham defender John Arne Riise on MLS club's transfer wishlist

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Philadelphia Union consultant and former Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is reported to have identified the Norwegian as a potential summer target.

John Arne Riise could be set to follow former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard to MLS, according to CBS Philly, with the Philadelphia Union claimed to be considering a move for the Norwegian left-back.

Riise, 34, is out of contract following a successful season with Cypriot side APOEL FC, in which he helped the club win the league and cup double, and stated in a recent blog post on his official website that he is now weighing up his options for the future.

“I have after a lot of consideration decided to not take another year at APOEL. This is a decision I took a few weeks ago,” he wrote. “Now I will have a long summer and decide what to do next. I could go back to Norway, but I do feel I have some more years abroad.”

In addition, Riise also spoke to Norwegian media outlet TV2 after confirming his APOEL departure, when he revealed that he had received offers from India and added that the USA was an “attractive destination”.

Now CBS Philly claim that the Union could be where the former Liverpool full-back heads this summer, with his relationship with Rene Meulensteen said to be behind the club’s potential pursuit.

The ex-Manchester United coach worked with Riise during his two-month spell as Fulham manager back in 2014, when he started him in nine of his 13 games in charge, and is now serving as a special consultant with Philadelphia.

In the position since November, the Dutchman is set leave the MLS club following this summer but is reported to have submitted a final list of recommended transfer targets before leaving.

With Jim Curtin’s side in need of help at left-back, Riise is believed to be one of those names under consideration, although whether he is also on the radars of additional stateside teams remains unclear.

Coincidentally, the 2004-05 Champions League winner, who scored 30 goals in 339 total appearances for Liverpool between 2001 and 2008, is currently in the US while taking part in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

The Union, meanwhile, are sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference 14 games into their 2015 campaign, having recorded three wins, three draws and eight defeats.

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