Former Mexican international Guillermo Franco in talks with Chicago Fire

The naturalized Mexican forward is a veteran of the Liga MX, Liga BBVA, Premier League and Argentina Primera.

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Mexican striker Guillermo Franco is close to signing with the Chicago Fire, according to a team official.

Javier Leon told ESPN Deportes Radio that the former West Ham and Villarreal player was on trial with the Illinois club, with an aim at signing him permanently should Frank Klopas be impressed with the 35-year-old.

"We've had the opportunity to talk with Guillermo Franco," Leon told the program. "In the last few days we've spoken to explore the possibility that he can join the team."

Franco was released from his contract by Pachuca after the 2010 World Cup participant failed to score in 12 league matches with the team. Since then, he has been without a club.

Leon referenced the fact that signing Franco could have an added value thanks to the large Latino population that follows the club, a motivating factor that has pushed the team to sign other Mexican stars in the past, including Cuauhtémoc Blanco, current midfielder Pavel Pardo and former manager Carlos de los Cobos.

"We'll continue in that policy of bringing in players like Pavel who are winners, serious people and who give it all for the team, qualities that Guillermo possesses," he said.

Leon anticipated that the deal could be done "in about 48 hours".

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