Henry Wingo is apparently a wanted man. The Seattle native and former Sounder has established himself as a regular starter for Norwegian club Molde FK, helping them move to the brink of a Champions League berth earlier this year. He played well enough in those qualifiers that the team who eliminated Molde is now interested in acquiring the right back.
Molde’s director apparently told some local media that they’ve agreed on a fee to send Wingo to Ferencvaros, but the 25-year-old still needs to agree to personal terms.
Molde har kommet til enighet med Ferencvaros om en overgang for Henry Wingo, bekrefter Molde-direktør Ole Erik Stavrum på direkten i VGs Silly Season-program. Nå er det opp til spilleren. pic.twitter.com/QQkzK45U66— Arilas Ould-Saada (@arilasos) January 13, 2021
Since moving to Molde in 2019, Wingo has established himself as a regular starter over the past year. In addition to starting both matches against Ferencvaros, he has started 4 of 5 Europa League matches, including two 90-minute outings against Arsenal. He has 2 goals and 1 assist in about 1,700 minutes across all competitions.
While the Hungarian and Norwegian leagues are rated roughly equally by the UEFA coefficient, Ferencvaros is probably a step up. Not only are they currently in Champions League and sitting atop the NB 1, nine points clear of second-place, but Ferencvaros’ roster is also valued at about double that of Molde’s, and they appear to have recently started spending more on transfer fees. Ferencvaros’ four most expensive transfers have all come in the last two years.
It was not immediately clear if the Sounders retained any of Wingo’s rights when they transferred him to Molde for a reported fee of about $250,000, but they would likely still be in line for solidarity payments of up to 5% of his transfer fee.