The Philadelphia Union look to have finally resolved their striking problem as they are set to announce the loan signing of Venezuelan forward Fernando Aristeguieta from French side FC Nantes before the end of the week, according to CBS Philadelphia.
The Union came close to signing the 22-year-old frontman back in December but the player agreed to join Spanish club Getafe in a six-month loan deal instead.
However, that move fell apart when Getafe could not fulfil their financial obligations to the deal and Aristeguieta returned to Ligue 1 with Nantes.
Philadelphia have been pursuing other strikers across the globe since their original approach for Aristeguieta fell through but they now look set to complete a full circle by signing the target man.
The 6’2″ striker is expected to join on loan with the option to buy at the end of that deal and will join as a Young Designated Player.
Aristeguieta has scored 11 goals in 51 appearances for Nantes since joining the French club from Venezuelan side Caracas FC in January 2013.
He helped the side earn promotion back to Ligue 1 in the 2012/13 season with eight goals in 17 Ligue 2 appearances in the second-half of that season.
He has not seen as much playing time since the club earned promotion and has only made six first-team appearances this season so the chance to move to MLS as the Philadelphia Union’s main striker will be an exciting challenge for Aristeguieta.
The young Venezuelan forward has represented his country 13 times, scoring once and has been a teammate of US international midfielder Alejandro Bedoya at Nantes for the past 18 months.
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