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Gabriel: Philadelphia Union Set To Sign Colombian Striker Lionard Pajoy

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The Philadelphia Union are set to sign Colombian striker Lionard Pajoy, according to Kerith Gabriel, of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

A source informed Gabriel that Pajoy's contractual problems with his current team, Itagui Ditaires, have postponed his move to the Union for a short period of time. Gabriel says that Pajoy is days away from officially joining Philadelphia, despite the Union not commenting on the situation. A P-1 visa and work permit are still coming for the 30-year-old.

Pajoy had a reasonably successful time at Cucuta Deportivo from 2007-09, scoring 17 goals over 74 games before moving to Deportivo Cali in 2010. Upon moving to the former home of both Faryd Mondragon and Carlos Valdes, along with the owners of Roger Torres' contractual rights, Pajoy experienced a season of poor form. Between his stint at Cali and Millonarios two years ago, Pajoy scored only one goal in 22 games. A resurgence in his form came about with Ditaires last season, registering 13 goals in 32 games.

With star striker Sebastien Le Toux currently on trial with Bolton Wanderers, in the English Premier League, the Union are possibly preparing for his loss by adding Pajoy as a veteran presence for youngsters Danny Mwanga, Chandler Hoffman, Josue Martinez and Jack McInerney.