World Cup goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi subject of MLS bid

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Philadelphia Union have made an offer for Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, according to the player's agent.

The CSKA Sofia star was one of many stoppers to excel for their countries at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and he is now the subject of a bid from the Major League Soccer outfit.

Looking for a move

M'Bolhi is looking for a move away from Bulgaria, and his agent told Foot Mercato:

"He has starred at two World Cups, and he now wants to move to demonstrate that he can show the same qualities for club and country."

The 28-year-old's representative listed many potential suitors - including Marseille, QPR, Porto and Benfica - but revealed that only the Union have followed up their interest in the player.

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Since then, pictures on Twitter have suggested that the 30-time Algerian international was in fact in attendance for Philadelphia's 3-3 thriller against the Colorado rapids at their home PPL Park.

Just two days prior, his agent had predicted that a decision on M'Bolhi's future was imminent, though at that stage Ligue 1 in France still looked the most likely destination:

"He was born in France and played for France at U16s and U17s, therefore to evolve in Ligue 1 would be an opportunity for him - even if it is not necessarily a priority."

Developing career

The highly-rated custodian started his career at Marseille, but was released without making a first team appearance - the same occurring at next club Hearts.

M'Bolhi first appeared on the world stage at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, holding England to a goalless stalemate in just his second appearance for the national team. However, the Fennec Foxes crashed out of the tournament with a 1-0 defeat to the United States in the following match.

World Cup displays

This year though, the team went one stage further - progressing through the group stage after a loss, a win and a draw against Belgium, South Korea and Russia, respectively.

It was in the second round that M'Bolhi particularly caught the eye. Despite being unable to prevent his side fall to a 2-1 reverse at the hands of eventual tournament winners Germany, he made numerous stunning saves and collected the official Man of the Match award.

Previously a target for Manchester United, Newcastle United and West Ham United, his contract release clause is believed to be around £240,000.

Any transfer would bring the future of Union's established first-choice 'keeper Zac MacMath into question.

The fifth draft at the 2011 MLS Superdraft, the 22-year-old is one of the division's top young goal-tenders and has made almost 100 appearances.

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