Transfer Rumor: Costa Rica international linked to Sounders, again

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At least one Costa Rican publication is saying Jose Miguel Cubero is heading to Seattle, but Herediano's front office denies any deal is done. Cubero was previously rumored to be heading to the Sounders back in February.

UPDATE: Cubero actually addressed the rumors in a press conference on Wednesday, shortly after our story published. He confirmed the Sounders were one of his possible destinations, citing Gonzalo Pineda's inclusion in the team, but said nothing had been finalized and that Herediano would need to approve any deal.

Remember the name Jose Miguel Cubero. The Costa Rica international was linked to the Seattle Sounders back in February and the rumor mill is churning again. This time, it's Costa Rican TV station Teletica saying a move after the World Cup is likely.

How much faith should we put in this report? That's tough to say, but right now I'm inclined to think there isn't a whole lot here.

First off, Herediano's front offic is on record say that no transfer has been finalized:

Beyond that, adding a defensive midfielder does not seem like the Sounders' most glaring need. As recently as Tuesday night, Sigi Schmid suggested the Sounders would most likely be looking to add a center back.

All that said, Cubero is definitely an interesting piece to add. Cubero has been a fixture within in the World Cup-bound Costa Rican national team and has been one of Herediano's top players over the past four years. He'd most likely fit into some kind of rotation with Gonzalo Pineda, who the Sounders could be wary of overworking being as this is his first season back after taking almost an entire year off. The 27-year-old has a bit of attacking acumen as well, having scored 14 goals over the past four years.

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