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Freddy Adu rejected by Blackpool - set for US return

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Freddy Adu was a teenage sensation dubbed 'The New Pele', a claim endorsed by the great Brazilian himself.

Adu didn't live up to that hype and has bounced from club to club in recent times, travelling across most of Europe it seems.

Most recently, Adu was on trial at Blackpool in the Championship but didn't do enough to force himself into player-manager Barry Ferguson's plans and earn a full time contract.

“There is nothing happening with Freddy,” Ferguson said. “He’s come in and worked hard with us. He is a great lad but I’m more than happy with what I’ve got. I have a strong squad.”

As one door closes another opens however. 

Atlanta Silverbacks of NASL have offered the 24-year old the chance to join the side in a bid to try and earn himself a move to one of the top leagues.

Silverbacks head coach and technical director Eric Wynalda told SI.com on Wednesday that he wanted Adu at his side and now the club's President and GM Andy Smith, confirmed that the club has reached out to Adu's representatives.

"I told [Adu's agent] that we're huge of fans of him as a player and want to see him get to the next level," Smith said.

"He's been bouncing around so much that if he needed a place to train for a short period of time and if he needed a team to get some games in and get back in the swing of things, we'd love to talk to him about it."

It looks unlikely that the former protege would join a NASL side however. You feel that despite his club-hopping, Adu is still more than good enough to be a starter in MLS and that there will be at least one franchise ready to take a punt on him.

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