Colorado Rapids are closing in on the signing of former Bolton Wanderers and England defender Zat Knight, according to reports from MLSSoccer.com.
The deal for the 34-year old to join Major League Soccer has yet to be finalised, but it is said that formalities is all that is needed to complete the deal with the big centre half apparently flying in to Denver for negotiations this week.
Days to Go
A Rapids spokesperson said that the club was not yet "in a position to comment at this stage" on the deal, but the team did confirm on Tuesday that they were close to signing an unidentified veteran defender.
“We should have an answer here in the next day or so,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said on Tuesday. “It’s somebody we’ve been working on for a couple of weeks now.”
Knight played twelve seasons in the Premier League, and was last at Bolton in the Championship before being released at the end of last season. He made four appearances for the England under-21's side as well as two appearances for the Senior Team, where he faced the United States and Colombia.
With the Rapids’ in desperate need for a center back after the losses of Shane O’Neill, Drew Moor and Jared Watts to injuries, Knight appears to be a prime candidate with bags of experience to come in and try to steady the ship for the remainder of the season and possibly beyond.
“His strengths are experience, leadership qualities. He’s going to be very good in the air,” Bravo said on Tuesday about the defender the team was chasing. “He’s also going to be somebody who can command the whole group out on the field from that position. The experience is a big factor, too.”
Colorado are currently sitting in 7th place in the Western Conference with 30 points from 26 games, and are trailing Portland in the race for the last playoff spot in the West by four points.