Sources within New York have confirmed to EoS that the 33 year old French striker will indeed be trialing with the team beginning this week in Arizona.
Luyindula, 33, came to a mutual agreement with PSG to terminate his contract some weeks ago. Though a seldom used bench option since the Qatari takeover of the club back in 2011, Luyindula still ranked second amongst active goal scorers in Ligue 1 play.
In New York, the Frenchmen will reunite with some familiar faces. He was the beneficiary of Juninho’s service during Lyon’s dominant run through the early part of the last decade. His familiarity with Gerard Houllier in that time also gives him strong support from one of the Red Bulls most influential voices. Of course, one would be remiss to leave oThierry Henry out of this mix. The team captain is said to be friendly with the former PSG striker.
Recently, Red Bulls coach Mike Petke shot down claims that the team’s recent transfer of star striker Kenny Cooper would make room for another large salary on the team. Calling it a move for depth, the Red Bulls boss assured the team needed reinforcements over star power.
Though on trial, Luyindula counters that school of thought. The Frenchmen earned a £45,000-a-week salary (roughly $71k) with PSG despite his limited use off the bench (or $3.69 million a year). The Red Bulls do own a Designated Player slot but have adamantly stated they will not dip into that resource until the summer months. It would not be unprecedented to see a player take a large scale paycut to make their way to the U.S. Former Metrostar Youri Djorkaeff made a similar decision years ago, though it is unclear where Luyindula would stand or what the conditions of this trial would be.
If signed, he would join a forward corps. that includes Henry, Fabian Espindola, Josue Martinez and Amado Moreno.