Chicago Fire have made their first major transfer move of the offseason by signing Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike to a Designated Player slot, subject to the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and his P1 Visa.
The 25-year-old forward has netted 22 goals in 63 games over the past two seasons with Swedish side AIK and has been linked with a move to English Premier League sides Southampton and Queens Park Rangers in recent weeks.
Igboananike is Nigerian born but he also qualifies as a Swedish citizen after spending so much time in Europe and Chicago head coach Frank Yallop is looking forward to seeing him in action in MLS in 2015.Embed from Getty Images
“Kennedy is a dynamic goal scorer with a track record of producing,” Yallop said.
“He’s young and exciting, a player with incredible pace, and we look forward to adding him to our roster to bolster our attack.”
Some Fire fans may be questioning the acquisition, especially as he fills a valuable DP spot on the roster , but if he can transfer his goalscoring record from Sweden to MLS then he could be a star.
He has netted 68 times in 179 career appearances to date, meaning that he averages a goal every 2.6 games.
Igboananike could be the lethal striker Chicago Fire so desperately need and he will be looking to make an immediate impact as a Designated Player come the start of the 2015 season.
Kennedy Igboananike fantastic bicycle kick goal for AIK (via SFPLAY on YouTube):
Will Kennedy Igboananike be a star for Chicago Fire?