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Waibel: RSL aiming to sign one or two international players

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake is aiming to sign one or two international players this transfer window, with Craig Waibel confirming on ESPN 700 on Wednesday that the team is in "very advanced" conversations with one player.

Waibel, RSL's technical director, said that the club is in conversation with two targets, confirming later that they are from Spanish-speaking countries but refusing to give additional details.

"We're well down the path on one or two players right now," he said. "It looks very positive to add a player in the next couple weeks, and hopefully I can be sharing that message with you guys pretty soon."

One of those targets is closer to joining than the other, Waibel said.

"I am currently talking to two international players, one that I am very focused on and farther down the road than the other," Waibel said. "There are peripheral conversations with one, and very advanced conversations with another."

When radio personality Bill Riley asked Waibel whether the player or players were from a country where RSL has had success, Waibel stopped short of confirming that assertion, but did offer some indication that might be the case.

A separate move for a domestic player looks unlikely at this point, but one was in the works, he said.

"We had extremely advanced conversations with a domestic player — genuine interest on both sides," he said. "At the end of the day, it doesn't look like it's going to work out in this transfer window, but it'll be a player that we continue to track and have a clear eyesight on bringing in at some point to our club."

The transfer window closes on August 6, so any moves will need to be done in short order.