Red Bulls Global Director of Soccer Gerard Houllier reached into his past yesterday to dig up 37 year old Juninho Pernambucano to join New York. Now, it seems an old friend of the new Brazilian acquisition may be following suit.
Le Parisien reports French striker Peguy Luyindola, 33, will have his contract rescinded by PSG this Thursday, allowing for a move towards MLS with the New York Red Bulls. A deal could be signed that will secure the strikers services for 2-3 years. He has earned six caps with France, scoring a single goal in that time. His last appearance on the national stage came in 2009.
Luyindola has languished on the bench over the past few seasons with PSG since the Quatari Investment Authority completed a 100% takeover of the team’s shares. QIA invested millions on the pitch, bringing world class names to the team thus making the Frenchman an after thought. Since 2007, he has appeared in 130 matches scoring all of 19 goals.
For Luyindola, the move would reunite him with Juninho. Both played with Lyon from 2002-’04. With the Brazilian opening up lanes behind him, Luyindola enjoyed his most productive years – scoring 28 goals in 69 league appearances for the side.
If the reports ring true, Luyindola would join an already crowded core of forwards. Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper lead a group which features Fabian Espindola, Josue Martinez and Amando Moreno. Kenny Cooper has long been rumored to be on the trade block but nothing has materialized on that front during this busy transfer season. He has also featured on both wing sides as well, giving New York some options on the flanks (see the video above).