Red Bulls confirm reports linking team to Lozano, Vargas


Yesterday’s rumors are today’s reality as Red Bull brass spoke openly about a pair of transfer targets that just may see their way to Harrison.

Spanish defender Armando Lozano and Venezuelan playmaker Roland Vargas have been recently connected to the club. In the case of Lozano, Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh says talks are already underway.

“There is discussions going on,” Roxburgh tells EOS. “As soon as there something to say to you, we will let you know.”

Lozano, 29, is currently under contract with Segunda Division B-side Cordoba through 2015. He has rarely featured for the club, appearing in all of eight official matches this season. However, he does fill a need for New York who seek a centerback to pad their aging defensive core.

“Clearly, it’s obvious that Markus Holgersson went back to Europe, we would have to cover ourselves at centerback,” Roxburgh said. “It’s fairly obvious we would be looking for a player in the centerback position.”

Vargas, 27, is a Venezuelan international aptly labeled as an “attacking midfielder. Once a coveted target of then-Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, Vargas’ career has taken a sour turn due to a pair of serious knee injuries over the past two years.

That seems to be the least of head coach Mike Petke’s concerns. After suffering through a difference of philosophy with Juninho Pernambucano early in his coaching career, the second year coach is wary of bringing on a one-way attacking player into his two-way system.

“He’s somebody been presented to us,” Petke told reporters in a post-Draft teleconference. “But you have to realize we accomplished something in a certain system. To bring in a player to play solely behind the two strikers changes the way you play. There are a lot of things that go into it.”

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