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.
“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?