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Sounders tenuously linked to German winger

Kai Pröger is the type of player the Sounders need, but he’s probably too expensive.

SC Paderborn 07 v VfL Wolfsburg - Bundesliga Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Despite losing both starting wingers from MLS Cup, the Seattle Sounders haven’t seemed particularly active in terms of seeking replacements. Aside from signing Kelyn Rowe — who got most of his playing time as a central midfielder last year — the Sounders haven’t been so much as linked to any new players.

In that sense — and maybe only that sense — it’s notable that they were mentioned as one of the potential suitors for Kai Pröger, a German attacking player who’s currently out of favor at 2. Bundesliga side SC Paderborn. The rumor comes from German newspaper Westfalen-Blatt and lists the Sounders alongside Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps and teams interested in acquiring the 28-year-old.

Broadly speaking, Pröger seems like the kind of player who’d be a good candidate to make a move to MLS in general and to the Sounders in particular. Although he’s not played at all since December, he was solid in 2019-20 while Paderborn was in the top flight, with 2 goals and 7 assists in about 2,000 minutes. Pröger plays mostly as a right winger who seems to mostly rely on his speed and he’s a bit of a late bloomer. As recently as 2018-19 he was playing in the German fourth division before moving to Paderborn around midseason that year.

While Pröger is the sort of player the Sounders could surely use, he’d likely require a transfer fee and will almost certainly require the use of TAM. The Sounders likely have room to sign a player like that, but all indications are that they’ll wait until summer before making a move of that weight.

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