The LA Galaxy have found themselves needing a bit of a spark in midfield this season, which is no real surprise given the retirement of Landon Donovan last winter. Now it appears the Galaxy will be turning to a young American making his return from a stint in Europe to help fill the void as the Galaxy await the arrival of Steven Gerrard this summer.
The Galaxy are set to sign former U.S. youth national team midfielder and long-time West Ham United prospect Sebastian Lletget, sources have confirmed to Goal USA. The 22-year-old central midfielder is heading to the Galaxy on a free transfer after parting ways with West Ham.
According to sources, the Galaxy will be sending an undisclosed amount of allocation money (believed to be in the $50,000 range) to the New England Revolution after the Revs put in a discovery claim on Lletget ahead of the Galaxy, who had been in talks with Lletget for months.
Lletget spent five years under contract with West Ham, but never made an English Premier League appearance for the club, managing just one FA Cup appearance for the Hammers in 2014, while also making the West Ham bench for a handful of Premier League matches.
An attacking midfielder by trade, Lletget should help give the Galaxy a more creative option in central midfield, where the team has lacked options. The Galaxy tried unsuccessfully to sign Sacha Kjlestan last summer, but will be welcoming Steven Gerrard this summer after the Liverpool legend finishes out his contract in the English Premier League.