Charlie Davies’ agent told the Insider on Thursday night that he is in “advanced discussions” with a non-MLS club about acquiring the American forward, who spent the past season with D.C. United.
Lyle Yorks, from James Grant Sports, said talks have progressed quickly and he should know by the middle of next week whether a deal will be reached. The most promising scenario is Davies being loaned by French club Sochaux, which owns his contract, to the prospective team. Yorks declined to name the interested club or its league. He dismissed reports that Bordeaux was pursuing Davies.
Regardless, Yorks said, “more than likely Charlie will not return to MLS” in 2012.
Yorks’ comments came the same day United declined to exercise an option to purchase Davies’ contract from Sochaux. In recent weeks, speculation centered on United trading Davies’ MLS rights to another club in the league.
However, Davies has always expressed interest in returning to Europe, where he played for Hammarby in Sweden and Sochaux between 2007 and 2009.
Meantime, Yorks said English club West Brom liked what it saw in United’s Bill Hamid during the 21-year-old goalkeeper’s recent workouts and could approach the MLS club at some point this winter about a transfer. Hamid doesn’t have enough U.S. national team experience to receive a British work permit, but as the No. 2 keeper behind Tim Howard this year, he has a case to be approved.
In another development, Yorks is trying to steer U.S. World Cup midfielder Ricardo Clark out of Eintracht Frankfurt. Clark, who has 1 1/2 years remaining on his contract with the second-tier German club, has received little playing time this season.