Transfer Rumor: Sounders Reportedly Close To Signing Denmark's Christian Sivebaek

UPDATE: Christian Sivebaek has apparently confirmed the move, although the Seattle Sounders have only acknowledged interest and that he visited Seattle in December. Sivebaek says the team has been following him since the 2010 La Manga Cup and seemed very impressed with the facilities and organization here.

It looks as if the Seattle Sounders may be close to adding another new name to their roster: 23-year-old Christian Sivebaek. According to a report out of Denmark, the team is close to signing the midfielder/fullback, who is the son of former Manchester United and Denmark international John Sivebaek.

The 6-foot-3, blonde bears a striking resemblance to Brek Shea, although it's unclear how much their games may be similar. He had played in 58 Danish Superliga matches with Midtjylland over the previous three seasons, with his team finishing in the top 6 of the standings all three years and even qualifying for this year's Europa second qualifying round. He has represented Denmark at the U-18, -19, -20 and -21 levels.

But Sivebaek has apparently fallen out of favor this year, appearing in just three of the team's 18 league games. An ankle injury back in November also appears to have set him back. The article says Sivebaek was given permission to seek other offers and speculates that any transfer fee would be small. Sivebaek apparently visited Seattle earlier this month.

With Mauro Rosales locked into the right midfield spot; Alvaro Fernandez, Steve Zakuani and Lamar Neagle already likely entrenched in a battle for minutes at left midfielder; and Adam Johansson apparently signed to be the right back starter, it's likely that Sivebaek's versatility will be tested. During his time at Midtylland, Sivebaek played all over the field. Most recently, he's been used as a right back, but he has also played extensively at right mid as well as making spot appearances elsewhere.

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