Garth Lagerwey has made no secret that the Seattle Sounders are currently in the transfer market. The team's top two scouts -- Chris Henderson and Kurt Schmid -- have recently been in Chile and France, respectively. Although figuring out who they are looking at is a bit of a guessing game, at least one French outlet is reporting that Schmid was scouting Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder.
Now, it's unclear if this is simply part of the transfer-rumor echo chamber -- if the French site read the FanPost by SSFC Rumors and simply ran with it -- but Ben Yedder is an intriguing target.
As recently as the January transfer window, Tottenham was reportedly showing interest in Ben Yedder, last summer teams in La Liga were kicking the tires and back in 2014 he had even expressed some interest in going to Barcelona.
But those moves obviously never came to pass and his coach at Toulouse has recently said Ben Yedder will be leaving this summer as TFC is virtually guaranteed of being relegated.
Ben Yedder's contract reportedly runs out in 2017 and would therefore require a transfer fee, which is estimated to be in the €8 million range. His salary demands would almost certainly be similar to Sebastian Giovinco (who's making about $7 million a year). Take it all together and Ben Yedder seems like someone who would potentially be out of the Sounders' price range.
Aside from his cost, the biggest knock against Ben Yedder it's that he's much more of a withdrawn striker in the Fredy Montero mold than the attacking midfielder the Sounders' are supposedly after. According to Football-lineups.com, the only times Ben Yedder has played in the midfield over the past two years is in a 4-2-3-1.
But Ben Yedder is at least an interesting target. He's still just 25 and coming off four straight Ligue 1 season with at least 12 goals. In 2013-14, the only player in Ligue 1 to score more than his 16 goals was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and this year he's the fifth highest scorer. His highlight reel is full of impressive play.
While signing a player like Ben Yedder still seems like a very long shot, the possibility of the Sounders looking at players of his ilk is at least exciting. We'll definitely be keeping an eye out.