Report: Red Bulls trade Najem rights to Philadelphia

Adam Najem

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Hotly sought after college prospect Adam Najem may be wearing a Philadelphia Union kit at the start of the 2017 season.

According to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com, the Red Bulls have traded Najem’s rights to the Union.

Najem, who failed to reach an accord with the Red Bulls following reported negotiations last year, once again was at an impasse with the club this year. New York reportedly did offer the young midfielder a deal but it was at the minimum rookie contract and not on the higher-end as he was expecting. This forced a stalemate between the two sides with the Red Bulls deciding to trade his rights rather than pay a higher price for yet another young midfielder on the roster.

Truth be told, he may find himself in a better position to be a starter with the Philadelphia Union, who have far less options in the midfield. The departure of Tranquillo Barnetta has left a major hole in the midfield and Najem could fill that spot quickly. For the Red Bulls, it is one less player fighting for a major midfield spot on roster that recently squeezed out longtime team captain, Dax McCarty.

What the New York Red Bulls will get in return remains to be seen. More than likely it will be some form of allocation money but that will have to wait until confirmation, which is expected later today.