Report: Didier Drogba dines with New York Red Bull brass

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After a noticeable absence in the rumor mill, big name players are finally having their name linked to the New York Red Bulls. First, it was Thierry Henry’s flirtation with Xavi that made international news.

Now, it seems Didier Drogba may also be in their cross-hairs.

According to a report out of Turkey, the Ivory Coast legend recently met with Red Bull officials over dinner to discuss a possible move to the Big Apple.

The publication Sabah Spor says Red Bull Director of Global Soccer, Gerard Houllier, met with Drogba on January 3rd to explore the option. Drogba, 35, signed with the Turkish giants January of last year. His current deal is set to expire come July — just in time for the summer transfer window. The report claims club president Unal Aysal is intent on re-signing the striker whom he calls “content” at Galatasaray.

Nevertheless, there could be some truth to the report. This would not be the first time Drogba’s name has been linked to the Red Bulls. Sources tell EOS the former Chelsea striker was a fixture in the team’s Discovery list (Major League Soccer’s arcane lay-to-claim by clubs for potential new signings) during the Hans Backe era. A report from Goal.com just seven months ago also quotes good friend Saloman Kalou who says Drogba “would love” to finish his career in New York, further fanning flames of a rumored move.

For now, the Red Bulls seem set at the striker position with Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips and even Tim Cahill ready to fill in at a moments notice. Still, with the past these two parties have shared, it is a report worth noting.