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Sounders may have made last-second play for Uruguayan center back

A report out of Peru suggests the Sounders were trying to sign Walter Ibanez.

UPDATE: Looks like this isn't happening, after all, as Ibanez has told local media he's staying in Peru (h/t SaH user Randy Meeker).

The rumor mill surrounding the Seattle Sounders has been almost completely focused on outgoing players, specifically DeAndre Yedlin who may or may not have already signed a deal to play in Europe. But one incoming name has surfaced, and there's at least some reason to believe it could still happen.

A report out of Perusuggest the Sounders are attempting to sign center back Walter Ibanez, currently playing for Peruvian Primera club Alianza Lima. The 29-year-old had previously played in Uruguay, as well.

Like most players who have spent the bulk of their careers in leagues like this, there's not a whole lot of information about him. Apparently, he developed a bit of a scoring streak after moving to Peru, which appears to be the product of some solid work on set-pieces and being allowed to take the bulk of his team's penalties. Over the last two seasons, he's scored 16 goals after scoring just two in his previous four years.

Although the transfer window is now officially closed, this deal could still happen as long as paper work was already filed. If it is to happen, though, an announcement would likely be coming soon.

If this deal didn't get done, it at least suggests the Sounders were trying to make improvements at the position most seem to think needs the most help. They could also still bolster the roster by signing currently out of contract players or trading within the league.

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