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Report: Rumored Transfer Target Sebastien Le Toux Re-Signs With The Red Bulls

Despite extending his contract with the New York Red Bulls, Soccer By Ives says that Le Toux is still expected to be traded.

Mike Stobe

Former Philadelphia Union fan favorite Sebastien Le Toux re-signed with the New York Red Bulls prior to tomorrow's first round of the 2012 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, a report said.

Ives Galarcep, the founder of Soccer By Ives, stated that the French striker will return to the Red Bulls for what will mostly likely be only a short period of time. Despite extending his contract with the Red Bulls, Soccer By Ives says that Le Toux is still expected to be traded, with his rumored destination the City of Brotherly Love.

"The Philadelphia Union are believed to be very interested in bringing back Le Toux," Ives said, "the team's leading scorer in its first two seasons, but sources tell SBI that there is no deal in place between the Union and Red Bulls at the moment. That said, Philadelphia still seems like the most likely destination for LeToux, who has made no secret of how much he enjoyed playing for the Union."

Galarcep went on to say that SBI had learned that Le Toux's new contract raised his salary to $250,000 and made it much more probable that he'd be dealt to keep fellow forward Kenny Cooper in New York.

"The likelihood of a LeToux trade could allow the Red Bulls to position themselves to hold on to Kenny Cooper," said Galarcep, "depending on what the team can acquire for his services. Allocation money would help help the team pay off part of Cooper's big 2013 salary cap number. The Red Bulls are listening to offers for Cooper, but are still not close to making a deal."

The Brotherly Game was told last month, by two separate sources, that the Union were talking to Le Toux about bringing him back to Philadelphia. One source said he was just discussing the possibility, while another said it was already a done deal.