With Gerhard Struber’s statement last week that Ashley Fletcher’s stint in the Big Apple is close to an end, the New York Red Bulls are reportedly closing in on a new forward signing.
Reports from the Dutch press state that new head of sport Jochen Schneider has his eye on Dylan Vente, a striker for Roda JC Kerkrade of the second division Eerste Divisie. Vente scored 23 goals in 38 appearances for Roda in the most recent season and appears primed for a move to a higher level.
According to Dutch outlet ZO-NWS, the Red Bulls have inquired about Vente’s availability and the 23-year-old is “not unsympathetic” to making the move. (We have your sympathy? What do we look like, a charity case?)
Vente is a product of the revered Feyenoord Rotterdam youth academy and has made appearances for Dutch youth national teams at various age levels. Roda signed Vente permanently last year after a successful 4-goal loan spell, and the yo-yo club would likely be more than happy to cash in on an upwardly-mobile asset for a moderate fee.
According to OaM Singapore bureau chief and chief data analyst Lenz Ong, the 5’11” Vente appears to be a traditional line-leading number 9 who does most of his work in the penalty box. The club’s current forwards — Patryk Klimala, Omir Fernandez, and Tom Barlow — are better known for their contribution to pressing and build-up play, and would likely be complemented well by a more direct poaching striker.
The MLS summer transfer window opens next Thursday, July 7th.