Bradley Heading For Gladbach

American international Michael Bradley is leaving Eredivisie side Heerenveen to play in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach.
U.S. Olympian Michael Bradley was one of last season’s revelations in the Eredivisie. Bradley managed to score fifteen goals in 33 league appearances, which attracted the interest of several big teams.

With the final day of the transfer period coming up, the Bundesliga side have decided to make a move for the American starlet. The German outfit have already reached an agreement with Heerenveen regarding the transfer fee.

Bradley is heading for Germany immediately after the end of today’s match to negotiate personal terms and undergo a medical exam. He will probably sign a deal on Monday, although no details about the transfer - such as cost and contract length - have been announced yet.

Bradley has always had aspirations to play in a bigger league, and the interest of teams like Middlesbrough and Hamburger SV this summer made the 21-year-old decide the time was right to leave the Friezen. However, a lack of serious interest  and any offers seemed to prevent him from departing, and it was thought among sources in Holland that the former New York Metrostars player was going to stay with Heerenveen.

Bradley’s deal at the Eredivisie side expires in 2009. Therefore, Heerenveen opted to put the attacking midfielder on the transfer list in order to prevent him from leaving for free on a Bosman free.

Moenchengladbach have had success bringing in American players in the past. Former US international goalkeeper Kasey Keller was the number one for several years -- he captained the side in the 2006-07 season -- and had a huge part in the club's staving off relegation in 2005.

Stefan Coerts