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REPORT: Howard To Colorado Rapids

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This one looks like it is finally a done deal

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Rumors.  Reports.  Innuendos.  Maybe.  Maybe Not.  Will he.  Will he not.

I swear, it has been worse than passing notes in middle school.

But for the Colorado Rapids and their pursuit of USMNT keeper Tim Howard, it looks like that is almost over as Jeffrey Carlisle of ESPNFC is reporting that the Howard move is a done deal:

U.S. international goalkeeper Tim Howard is on the verge of completing a move to the Colorado Rapids from Everton, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations have told ESPN FC.

Sources confirmed that Rapids general manager Tim Hinchey flew to England last week to finalize the deal with Howard and Everton. While a few small details remain -- including final approval from Colorado's ownership -- Howard is expected to complete the Premier League season with Everton and then join Colorado when the MLS summer transfer window opens in July. His contract will run until 2019.

One reason why the talks have dragged on is that, after initially saying that Howard could leave on a free transfer, Everton proceeded to ask for a fee. Multiple sources stated that the two sides agreed on a fee between $600,000 and $750,000.

Reports last week also indicated that Howard was asking for a four-year deal that would pay him $5 million per year. But multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Howard's annual salary will be around $2m.

OK.  So if this is truly a done deal and his salary is around $2 million a year, I am *OK* with this move.  I still feel like this is more about getting butts in the seats, but soccer is a business and the Rapids are a business and they need to make moves that are good on and off the pitch.

So what say you Rapids fans?  Are you excited about the (probable) arrival of Tim Howard.  Let us know in the comment sections below!