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Portland Timbers agree loan deal for Nigerian striker

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The Portland Timbers have announced the short-term loan signing of Nigerian forward Fanendo Adi from Danish giants FC Copenhagen.

Adi joined the club last August and has scored three goals in six starts, as well as featuring against the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League.

He had previously played in Slovakia and the Ukraine, and also represented his country at U23 level.

In 2011, he went on trial at four-time European Cup winners Ajax.

The details of Tuesday's transfer were not disclosed, but speaking to the Timbers' official website, general manager Gavin Wilkinson expressed his delight at their new addition.

"Fanendo is a young and ambitious player with UEFA Champions League experience and we feel that his acquisition on short-term loan, with the option to purchase, provides a great opportunity for both the player and our club.

"This loan allows us to add a quality player into the mix as we are always looking to develop our roster now and in the future."

There are already two Nigerian international forwards in Major League Soccer in the form of Toronto FC's Bright Dike, and Obafemi Martins from Portland's nearest rivals Seattle Sounders FC.

Earlier in the day, MLSsoccer.com had revealed that Wilkinson had been looking to add a forward with both size and speed, and Adi fits the bill.

The 23-year-old is expected to be the first of many new signings made by the Timbers this summer, with club representatives recently having taken in matches in Spain and Norway, as well as Denmark.

Portland have won just once this season and sit third bottom of the table in the MLS, despite winning the Western Conference last year.

Argentina international Diego Valeri fired a last gasp equaliser against the LA Galaxy at the weekend, but the side have struggled for goals, netting 13 in ten games.

Robbie Keane had given the visitors the lead just moments earlier, and speaking after the 1-1 draw, Timbers head coach Caleb Porter expressed his disappointment at his team's failure to pick up all three points.

"I'm disappointed. Obviously we got a point and we keep moving up slowly, but three points was the goal and we didn't get that."

Goalscorer Valeri added: "It's a strange feeling because we always want to win at home. We want to be a winning team, and last year we were a winning team.

"They scored in the 90th minute though, so it's a good point in the end."

Despite their difficult start to the season, Portland are currently unbeaten in three games. Up next is another home clash, this time against the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

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