Reports: New York City F.C., Red Bulls target Florent Malouda

IMAGE, CHELSEAFC.COM

IMAGE, CHELSEAFC.COM

Disgruntled French midfielder Florent Malouda continues to want out of his deal with Trabzonspor of the Turkish League, and once again looks towards New York City to throw him a lifeline.

News outlet Turkish Football reports that both the New York Red Bulls and fledgling MLS side New York City F.C. are interested in the former French international’s services. Malouda enjoyed a fairly successful first season in the Turkish Super Lig, scoring five goals and earning five assists in 19 games. He signed with Trabzonspor as a free agent on a €2.5 million per season contract.

Gazete Futbol of Germany adds more detail to the story. According to them, Malouda, who has a year remaining with the Turkish club, has asked they allow him to leave on a free transfer. In doing so, however, he wants to also receive a severance package to collect on his handsome salary before leaving to greener pastures.

In response, Trabzonspor is said to be seeking compensation in any transfer from now through May of 2015.

Reportedly, both the Red Bulls and NYCFC are prepared to pay up to $1 million to acquire the Frenchman; a steep price for a depreciating commodity. Malouda turned 34-years-old last month, and left Chelsea in 2013 as his game visibly took a downward turn. He last appeared on the national stage with France in 2012, earning his 80th cap overall.

Were the Red Bulls to entertain the move, and the salary in either story is to be believed, Malouda would become their third and final DP. He would also find a fast friend in New York, reuniting with former French teammate Thierry Henry. For NYCFC, he would be their second Designated Player following their big name signing of Spanish international David Villa.