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Columbus Chasing DP

A new designated player could very possibly join Guillermo Barros Schelotto when he returns to play with the Columbus Crew later this month. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew is in advanced talks with one player -- "a European player, a forward who has had a significant number of caps with his national team," said Columbus general manager Mark McCullers. "If we were able to land this player, we think he could be a player who can contend for the Golden Boot." He said he couldn't name the player because he's currently under contract with another team, though the Washington Post's Soccer Insider's "well-placed source" says the player is Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha, now at Hull City in England. McCullers also wouldn't comment on the player's salary, saying only that the club was "willing to invest under the right circumstances."

Meanwhile, McCullers said that Schelotto confirmed his intention to return to Columbus during a conference call with himself and coach Sigi Schmid. Reports in Argentina claimed the former Boca Juniors player would be returning to Gimnasia de la Plata, his former club. "If somebody had said they would drop $2 million for a transfer fee (for Schelotto), we would have listened," McCullers said. "We have to do what's in the best interest of the club."

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