- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 23, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Kenny Cooper, Summer Transfers, Transfer Talk
One of the more interesting pieces of news to come out over the weekend. According to Buzz Carrick over at 3rddegree.net, the league front office turned down a bid from an unnamed European club for FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper.
The bid was fairly low, at least low in compairison to what the league got for former Red Bull striker Jozy Altidore a couple weeks ago. This bid was in the $1 million neighborhood from the club.
I tried pinning down the club or at least the county of the club that made the bid on Cooper. But that didn’t go as planned, so any guess could be a good one here. With the transfer window set to open up it could have been any number of clubs. One of my sources did say it was not a high profile club, which isn’t surprising to me. There had been a few clubs in Dallas over the last few weeks scouting but I’d rather not take a blind guess until I know for sure or until I get word from someone else that is just as sure on this.
The main thing I was told was that the league, not the club, put the stop on this deal. The club can say no to transfer deals and clubs have in the past done so, even when the league is ready to allow a transfer to happen. Cooper does have a couple option years on his contract left so it wouldn’t shock me to see him go in the next year or two, especially if he keeps his form up.
Its just the nature of young American players in MLS these days. Develop them, sell them when they are hot and continue to find the next thing in the process is the way this league is working here. No one should be shocked by that either. I’m still shocked that a guy like Cooper or even someone like Taylor Twellman aren’t in Europe here by now. I know Cooper started out with Manchester United but you have to think he will end up elsewhere sometime soon.