Rumour: Could Nigel Reo-Coker be headed to MLS?
News of Nigel Reo-Coker considering MLS has dropped, after an apparent offer from coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the US Mens National Team. Being married to an American, Reo-Coker would be eligible to play for the USA after a period of residency as he has not been capped by England at the mens level.
Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls are being touted as the two MLS sides that are in the running for the 28-year old midfielders talent.
Currently unattached, a move to the US is a definite possibility. He has apparently turned down a $2million offer from Bursaspor and a second club in Turkey.
“Reo-Coker’s desire to play here that he will accept a wage below that of Designated Player in his first year of a three year deal to get his foot inside the MLS door and launch an international career.”
Reo-Coker started his professional football career for Wimbeldon, where he spent 5 years in their youth system before joining the first team in 2002. He appeared in 58 games before moving to West Ham United in 2004 and finishing runners-up in the FA Cup finals in 2006/06. Hitting the pitch in 120 fixtures for the Hammers, Reo-Coker then moved on to play in over 100 games for Aston Villa and another 37 with Bolton Wanderers.
With over 250 games played in the Premiership, he took a short 3-month spell with Championship side Ipswitch Town which was not extended.