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Rumor: Yura Movsisyan headed back to RSL

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Is Yura Movsisyan on his way back to Real Salt Lake? We're catching up with the latest from the rumor mill.

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Rumors that Spartak Moscow striker Yura Movsisyan is making his way to Real Salt Lake heated up again today, but mum's the word from the club.

Royal Blue FC Pod, a Real Salt Lake fan podcast, tweeted that they'd heard from a "credible source" that the Armenian would be returning to the club, having completed a deal.

That's boosted by a report from Russia that Movsisyan is one of three players who did not report to Spartak Moscow's training camp for the second half of the Russian Premier League season. The Russian league takes a long winter break, which creates the need for the camp.

However, an RSL spokesperson said they couldn't comment on the rumor, adding that RSL general manager Craig Waibel said in recent weeks that the club was hopeful to get a deal done.

With Waibel commenting on Wednesday in an interview on ESPN 700 that the club was on the verge of adding up to three players, and that one could be done as early as next week, the pieces are falling into logical order.

Additionally, speculation that a Movsisyan deal was imminent was fueled by another Waibel comment: "We're in discussions with some highly recognizable players with regards to MLS and our particular market."

Movsisyan played with Real Salt Lake from 2007 to 2009 and was the subject of an acquisition attempt by Craig Waibel last summer, when the club was looking to reinforce their forward line.

RSL Soapbox will continue to seek confirmation of Movsisyan's potential acquisition throughout the offseason, but signs are pointing to a deal being done sooner rather than later.