Report: West Ham keen on FMR Red Bull Markus Holgersson


It looks like someone was paying attention to former New York Red Bulls centerback Markus Holgersson.

After a standout season in New York, Sports Direct News reports the 6’4″ Swedish defender is being eyed by Premier League side West Ham United. This after reportedly rejecting a move to floundering Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday.

The Hammers interest stems from a severe, injury induced depletion to their defensive corps. Holgersson, 28, could be a quick and affordable fix that can potentially address several positions. The once-capped Swedish international has been the Red Bulls most reliable defender over the past two seasons, starting in 63 of a possible 68 regular season matches. While a centerback with New York, Holgersson previously flourished as a right back in Helsingborgs, helping lead his side to a league title.

Holgersson became expendable this offseason as salary concerns forced Red Bull management to choose between the Swedish back, Jamison Olave (32) and Ibrahim Sekagya (33). With a year left on his guaranteed contract, Holgersson came to an agreement with the Red Bulls to sever his deal.

West Ham currently hold a tie breaker just outside of the relegation zone.

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  • sosa

    Deserves it.

  • Sam

    Would be kinda neat if he did! Usually we get players coming in from England, not the other way around. He’s a great guy, so I hope he gets a chance there.

  • Tony

    Wait! If this goes down the red bulls made a big mistake. Didn’t anyone think of the possibility of selling him in his last year?

  • Tony

    I hope he gets a shot. While he did not turn any heads here, he was a reliable player who adjusted to a new position during a transitional period in the red bull organization. Many players would have been discouraged playing next to rafa or after being benched for no real reason.

  • gadolrac

    I totally agree with Tony, if he has interest from Championship and Premier teams, could we have sold him, any cash back would have been better than just dumping our only dependable defender below 30. Sekagya may have been better than Holgersson a few years ago, but from what I saw this past season, he’s not really better now, wish we could have kept both.

  • Chad

    Nice website!

  • #RedBullShout

    Impossible. If Mike Petke, the greatest coach and greatest evaluator of talent who ever lived, not to mention the most well dressed coach in history, didn’t value Marcus, then he has no value as a player.

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