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Seattle Sounders Transfer Rumor: Prince Tagoe In Town?

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Prince Tagoe is reportedly in town to talk to the Seattle Sounders about the possibility of a loan. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Prince Tagoe is reportedly in town to talk to the Seattle Sounders about the possibility of a loan. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Here's what Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer had to say about the rumor, make of it what you will: "The only thing that I can confirm is that Prince is a player whom we have followed over the past few months. But he is under contract with Hoffenheim, so we will communicate with them directly, if there are any potential contract discussions.

"The player has family in the United States, so it would not be unreasonable that he be in the country."

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Among the expected crowd of more than 45,000 people at tonight's Seattle Sounders match may be one Prince Tagoe. The Ghanaian international is reportedly in town to discuss the possibility of a six-month loan, at least according to an article out of Ghana. (H/T to MLS-Rumors, which is becoming amazingly reliable at least when it comes to stories tied to the Sounders.)

A six-month loan would seem to make a lot more sense than a full transfer, as Tagoe has reportedly already agreed to play for FC Basel of the Swiss league who supposedly paid a $9 million transfer to the Bundesliga's Hoffenheim. The Sounders have previously denied offering to pay the $200,000-a-week salary that Tagoe says he's been offered, but spread out over only six months, it's not quite so hard to fathom.

In any case, if the Sounders were able to bring Tagoe on board for the rest of the season, it would be an absolute coup. Tagoe would be an instant upgrade as a 6-foot-2 forward and it's not at all hard to see him pairing perfectly with the likes of Fredy Montero. We'll continue to follow the story.