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Trialist Lekic a tough buy

While Danish trialist Rajko Lekic may appear a solid answer to the New England Revolution’s lack of proven goal scorers, actually signing the striker may not be so straight forward. The Revs attempted to sign the 29-year-old from his current club Silkeborg IF in the offseason only to see the deal fall through and there is little to indicate a deal will be any easier now.

“He’s one of the players we tried to sign and thought we had done,’’ Revs head coach Steve Nicol told the Boston Globe. “We’re going back with him and we’re talking again.’’

While the veteran striker was allowed to leave his team this week for a trial as the club had a break in their schedule, Silkeborg hardly seems ready to sell. According to a report out of Denmark, the club expects Lekic to return on Friday or Saturday and would prefer to sell him in August. The transfer window in Denmark is currently closed, making it impossible for Silkeborg to sign a replacement.

The article indicates Silkeborg could be willing to sell now, but likely at a larger fee than during the summer and the club was unaware if the Revs would be willing to pay it. Silkeborg also indicated the Revs were not the only MLS club interested in Lekic’s services, but that New England’s inquiry appeared to be the only tangible one on the table.

Lekic, listed at 6 feet 2 inches, has scored over 100 goals in his career and recently made two appearances for the Denmark national team. In addition to playing in Denmark, Lekic has played for clubs in Spain and Hungary.

The Revs current striker corps include Serbian veteran Ilija Stolica, Zimbabwean Kheli Dube, second-year pro Zack Schilawski, and rookie Alan Koger. Last year’s team MVP, Serbian Marko Perovic, as well as Gambian Kenny Mansally, second-year pro Zak Boggs, and rookie Ryan Kinne can also play up top, but are preferred in the midfield or a withdrawn role. Stolica looked to be the Revs starting striker heading into the season, but Schilawski got the start in the Revs season opener on Sunday.

The Revs return to action on Saturday in their home opener when they face D.C. United at 4:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.


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  1. Pistowie

    March 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Dam, we really need his services now. By August we will be out of the playoff contention

    • Sean Donahue

      March 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      I wouldn’t rule out it happening now, but if it does, I’d imagine a transfer fee would likely push him to DP status this season.

  2. Thomas the Dane

    March 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Here in Denmark and in Europe in general we dont have the same system of drafting and non-cash trades as you have in the US.

    So paying a transferfee is something NE Revolution must better get used to if they want a player from overseas who is not a free agent.

    Here in Europe it is a bit more the good old capitalist way. The best make the most money and can buy the best players. Here a team can also be relegated from the league if it ends up in the buttom of the leaguetable. That is a real risk for Silkeborg if they no longer have Lekic to score goals. A relegation to the second tier would cost the club somewhere between 3 and 4 million dollars in lost revenue.

    I can imagine that the pricelabel for Lekic would be somewhere between 1,5 and 2 million USD.

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