Colorado Rapids turned down Diego Forlan move this offseason

Diego Forlan could have been preparing to play in Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids this season but the Western Conference outfit were not prepared to invest in the 35-year-old Uruguayan, as reported by Daniel Boniface in the Denver Post.

Forlan is currently playing in Japan with Cerezo Osaka where he has been for the last 13 months after leaving Brazilian club Internacional, but he does not look set to have a crack at life in MLS before his career comes to an end.

The Rapids have been looking to bring in a quality striker since the 2014 campaign ended and Rapids technical director Paul Bravo revealed the former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid forward was offered to the team in the past few months.

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“He was a guy that was offered up to us,” Bravo said. “I wouldn’t go beyond that. Everybody gets these players thrown out.

“We did have a conversation about him. But it’s probably the same conversation 10 other clubs in this league have had in that same time frame.”

Forlan’s contact with Osaka is set to expire in the summer and so he would be available to sign on a free transfer if he is willing to continue playing the game for at least another six months.

Though at this stage of his career Forlan is not as an attractive an option as he once would have been and it makes sense for MLS clubs across the league to look elsewhere for goal scoring talent.

The Rapids are keeping tabs on Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle and hope a deal can be reached with the Irishman as his contract is up in the summer too.

Should the Rapids have considered signing Diego Forlan or is Kevin Doyle a better option?

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