Union Lining Up Ivorian International Abdul Kader Keita For Possible Summer Signing

Clive Mason

The former Lille and Galatasaray star had his mind set on the Premier League earlier this year, but a failed move to England has him close to a deal with the Union and MLS.

Multiple team sources have told the Brotherly Game that the Union have not only brought Abdul Kader Keita in on trial recently, but also were looking into signing the winger.Keita, an Ivorian international, has been without a team since he and Qatar's Al Sadd, twice the midfielder's club, parted ways near the end of the 2012 calendar year.

Despite head coach John Hackworth's public praise and confidence in his outside midfielders, specifically for Danny Cruz and Michael Farfan, the Philadelphia Union will look to the winger for offensive help.

As far as salary is concerned, Keita will not command Designated Player money, according to the same sources. The trade of Bakary Soumare opened up enough room in the Union salary cap to make the signing of Keita possible under MLS roster rules.

Keita is known as a speed merchant who is able to both beat defenders with his speed and his on the ball skills. He is most likely best known to North American soccer fans as the Ivorian player who drew Brazil's Kaka into receiving a second yellow and sending off during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The 31-year-old hasn't played in a few months, including for the Ivory Coast national team this year. After failing to secure a move to the English Premier League at the beginning of 2013, Keita remained without a club and did nothing of note prior to his trial with the Union.

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