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
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 Goal.com sources in Holland that
the former New York Metrostars player was going to stay with
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
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.