Garth Lagerwey stopped just short of confirming that Real Salt Lake has made steps to sign Robbie Findley but confirmed that, in fact, the club is interested in the player.
His comments as measured as ever, Garth Lagerwey confirmed Real Salt Lake is interested in the possibility of signing former RSL forward Robbie Findley, though he stopped short of confirming that any steps to finalize the deal have taken place.
Lagerwey's comments on ESPN 700 mark the first public confirmation that the club is interested in acquiring Findley. He described reports by Ives Galarcep, published Tuesday, that Real Salt Lake acquired Findley's rights as "premature."
"He's under contract with Nottingham Forest through June, and he'd have to be released," Lagerwey said. "We all know this have been reported. I would say these reports are premature, but we are hopeful to sign several forwards. There's a real good chance that Robbie could be one of those if we can cross all of those steps I outlined."
Findley's potential signing doesn't interrupt talks with other strikers on the market, Lagerwey said.
"We are in discussions with several players," he said. "We've identified a small number of guys we're pursuing (and the) economics of those. We can put an offer on the table pretty quickly. We have a number of players we like, (and) we're through the Mexican window now."
With the close of the Mexican transfer window, there are fewer opportunities for more financially maneuverable clubs to interrupt discussions or drive prices up, although there is still a slight concern that European clubs could become involved in the proceedings and inflate prices as well.
Lagerwey pegged the timeframe for signing strikers as potentially "in the next couple of weeks," but said that re-signing Javier Morales and acquiring Robbie Findley would give the staff a "little more room to be patient."