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RUMOR: Rapids after striker Claudiu Keșerü

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The Romanian striker played in French Ligue 1 for 11 years, as well as Steaua Bucharest, Al Gharafa, and Ludogorets.

Romania Football Team Training session
Claudiu Keseru with the Romanian National Team in November, 2017.
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Today, Red Bulls beat reporter Kristian Dyer reported that the Colorado Rapids may be after European striker Claudiu Keșerü.

Keșerü is 31 years old and a well-traveled attacker, having played for 10 different teams since his professional debut for Romanian club Bihor Oradea in 2002. Keșerü was with French Ligue 1 side Nantes from 2005-2010, but scored only 11 goals over 82 games. He was sold mid-season in 2008 to newly promoted French second division side FC Libourne, bagging 11 goals in just 17 games in an unsuccessful attempt to stave off relegation back into the French third tier.

From there it was off to Tours and Angers, in Ligue 2, and SC Bastia back in Ligue 1, where he became a prolific goal scorer, hitting the back of the net for 50 goals from 2008-2014.

In 2014, Keșerü was transfered to Romanian powerhouse Steaua Bucharest, where he poured in 29 goals over 48 games in two years. Then it was on to Al Gharafa in Qatar for 10 goals in 10 games in 2015, and then two years in Bulgaria with Ludogorets for 61 goals in 104 games.

Over his 16-year career, the 5’10” Keșerü has 183 goals in 439 club matches, as well as 11 goals in 22 international caps for Romania. He may travel frequently, but apparently whenever he lands, he has no trouble scoring goals.

Although he moved from Angers to Bastia and Bastia to Bucharest on free transfers, his most recent sale to Ludogorets was reported by transfermarkt.com to cost $1.2 million. The Rapids may or may not be on the hook for a transfer fee to his current club.

While Keșerü might not be a household name, and he may be a touch older than one would hope for in a big name signing, he has top-level experience and a deft scoring touch. If he came to the Rapids, we can only hope that there’s another season of double-digit goalscoring left in his boots.

The Rapids declined to comment on the rumor.