Following in the footsteps of Frank Lampard, David Villa, and Kaka, the MLS could be set to welcome another star of the international stage to the league.
Jermaine Jones, one of the USA's standout performers in their impressive World Cup run, is reportedly close to a move to MLS with wformer player turned ESPN analyst Alexis Lalis stating a deal is near completion.
Jones to the Fire
According to numerous reports, the former Blackburn Rovers and Schalke 04 midfielder is in line to sign for MLS side Chicago Fire in a deal that could be worth up to $3 million per season.
Jones, who has spent the majority of his career playing in Germany - spending a brief spell in the English Premier League in 2011, spent the latter part of the 2013-14 season with Besiktas. But after making ten appearances for the Turkish Superliga side it became apparent that the veteran would be seeking a new chapter in his career this summer.
And after excelling for Jurgen Klinsmann's national side during the recent World Cup, scoring a superb goal during the US' 2-2 draw with Portugal in the process, rumors of a move to MLS have been circulating since with the player himself openly discussing his interest in the move.
The likes of New york Red Bulls have been rumored to be keen on bringing in the experienced midfielder but now it seems the Fire are leading the chase. If the deal were to materialize Jones would take up one of the Fire's three vacant designated player slots.
World Cup star
Jermaine Jones was a key figure for the USMNT in Brazil, featuring in all four of the nation's fixtures as the US surprised many in negotiating a difficult group before running Belgium close in the round of 16 match up.
His relentless hardwork and combative nature helped him become a hero back in the United States too and his arrival in MLS would certainly be a popular one with the league's fans.
With the fire currently in the hunt for a Eastern Conference playoff spot a player of Jones' calibre would certainly add a new dimension to the franchise as they attempt to improve before the season is out.
Fire confirm interest
The franchises' coach, Frank Yallop, confirmed his interest in the 32-year-old in the aftermath of the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps:
"We have interest in the player for sure." Yallop told reporters when asked about Jones.
"We've spoken to the agent, but at this point there's nothing to add until someone agrees or it gets concluded. The truth of the matter is we have interest in the player but nothing has been finalized yet. That's all I can say on it for now."
Jermaine Jones' potential new teammates were also delighted to hear about the potential move, with fellow midfielder Jeff Larentowicz more than happy to welcome such a talented player to the roster:
"“I want to be on the field. I don’t mind where it is,” Larentowicz said.
“He’s a good player. Love to have good players at our club, so if that’s the truth, then great. But I want to be on the field wherever I can help.”
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