The Vancouver Whitecaps have done little this offseason apart from trimming the herd of of a few squad players, but in advance of the January transfer the rumour mill is heating up. To save the casual fan from hours of scouring Twitter and foreign news outlets, eightysixforever has compiled a list of all the potential new Whitecaps.
A Panama national team regular who currently plays for Árabe Unido, Cooper is a 28 year old, dynamic box-to-box midfielder. He's been linked to the Whitecaps by Panamanian news outlet El Siglo and could be officially signed as early as January 5th. He recently had a spell with Bundesliga 2 side St. Pauli, but apparently didn't make much of an impact, only playing a total of 125 minutes. He'd be a potential partner for Matias Laba, and his arrival could signal the exit of Gershon Koffie, who's been vaguely linked with a move to Europe.
Another Panamanian international (though a less regular one than Cooper), Addles is a large out and out striker. It's difficult to discern what qualities he'd bring to the Whitecaps. At age 26, he's in the prime of his career, but his goalscoring record (36 goals in 139 games) is unconvincing. Moving between seven different teams in the past five years can't have helped his consistency. Linked alongside Cooper by El Siglo, Addles would most likely be a depth option behind Octavio Rivero.
The Canadian international striker has been rumoured to be on his way out at his current club CA Fénix in Uruguay, and a move to Bologna recently fell through. He scored 14 goals in 27 games in 2014, and has 4 goals in 15 matches this year. Cavallini's younger brother Cristian trialled with the Whitecaps during their preseason last year, so it's likely that Lucas is on the team's radar as well. At age 22, he still has a big future ahead of him and he'd put more pressure on Rivero for the starting striker spot than Addles. However, his transfer fee would be quite large given his age and it's doubtful that he'd want to move back to Canada while there are European teams calling his name.
Sometimes all it takes is a cryptic tweet to set the internet abuzz.
Lets go ice fishing— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) December 27, 2015
The Wolfsburg forward is spending the holidays with his girlfriend (who's from Maple Ridge) in Whistler. Nothing to see here.
News and Notes:
The Romell Qiuoto to Vancouver Whitecaps rumour has been all but quashed
A human being has confirmed to me that Romell Quioto will not be coming to #VWFC.— Mynor Campos (@profecampos) December 24, 2015
Robert Earnshaw hasn't ruled out a return to the Whitecaps, although it's unclear whether he'll be back as a player or as a coach.
There's still no word on whether Cristian Techera has been signed on a permanent transfer from River Plate Montivideo, but reports indicate that Deybi Flores has been permanently transfered to the Whitecaps from Montagua on a five year deal.