HANOVER, N.J. — Muhamed Keita has several MLS suitors, the Norwegian U-21 international by way of Gambia perhaps lining up a summer move to the league.
League sources tell Metro that Keita could be headed to the league in the next few weeks with at least one Eastern Conference club emerging as a favorite to land the player.
A 26-year old, Keita can play wide midfield or up top and is known for his pace.
One league source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Keita “is absolute MLS quality…very good technical abilities.”
He’s represented Norway at the youth national team levels but has never been called up to the senior side. Keita is currently the property of Lech Poznan, a Polish club, but has spent the last three seasons on loan with different clubs in Norway.
The wide player can also suit-up for a role up top as a second striker.
–New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said on Tuesday that defender Aurelien Collin is “doubtful” for Wednesday’s match at Red Bull Arena against the San Jose Earthquakes. The influential Collin has missed the last several games with a hamstring injury and could make his return this weekend at Minnesota United.
-Kwesi Appiah and Joe Addo have been making stops at several MLS cities including the Red Bulls, D.C. United and most recently the Columbus Crew. Appiah, the national team coach for Ghana, was joined by Addo, a former MLS star who once played for the MetroStars. The duo made several MLS stops to check-in on Ghanaian players throughout MLS.
-Red Bulls forward Anatole Abang, who has spent much of the last year with two loan stints in Europe, still remains a bit in limbo. A source tells Metro that the team is looking to sell Abang or find a permanent home for the Cameroonian international.
–Jan Vargas continues to remain a name linked with MLS. The Venezuelan center back is being looked at by a couple of teams, a source said and the player could be making a move this transfer window to an MLS side. The central defender has been impressive for Panama during the Gold Cup.
-The recently concluded U-20 World Cup saw teenager Josh Sargent emerge on the international stage for the United States, the young striker turning heads en route to a quarterfinal showing for the Americans. Sources say that Sargent will sign in Germany and that Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are the favorites in the chase. Metro, citing sources close to the player, reported that Bremen was the likely landing spot last month.
-The July 26th match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum between Manchester City and Real Madrid has topped over 75,000 in ticket sales, per a source.