Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Stop me if you've heard this before but reports out of Honduras have TFC linked to a Honduran international player.
Remember Carla Dip, President of CDS Vida who assured us all that a deal was all done except the signing in the Arnold Peralta case? Sheeeeee's ba-aaaack.
This time she broke the news on Honduran station Radio Caribe that Toronto FC are about to sign Romell Quioto, a striker who's been capped at senior level by Honduras, as well as at u-23 and u-20 levels. As reported in Honduran newspaper Diez, Dip revealed that an official offer has been received from Toronto who are eager for him to arrive as soon as possible, and that it would be a loan. She also said Quioto himself is keen so hopefully this won't go wrong like it did when Peralta ended up declining a contract.
Kevin Payne said earlier today that the club are focused on bringing in players from Central or South America due to the good value they represent, so this would certainly fit with that. Is Quioto the player he was talking about bringing in in the next few days? If we've learnt anything, it's to not put too much stock into Carla Dip's words.
So, what is there to be found out about Quioto? Well, he's 21, and has 1 cap with the full Honduran team, coming on as a sub in a friendly against Ecuador in February of 2012. He also played in the under 23 Olympic qualifying tournament, getting a couple of appearances and scoring the lone Honduras goal in the final (header from about 12 yards out, it really excited the commentators, see it here). That wasn't enough to earn him a place in the squad that went to London though.
At club level, he had 11 goals in 56 games for Vida, before going on loan to Polish side Wisla Krakow in 2012. That didn't go well, 0 goals in 9 games, and they decided not to exercise their option to buy, with their almost stereotypically Eastern European stern looking President, seen here in ElCanterano saying they had high hopes but that he disappointed him.
It doesn't sound all that promising really does it, but if you want to convince yourself it might work, what better way than a youtube video of his goals. There's nothing really spectacular in there, but he does seem to have a knack for getting behind the defence to connect with crosses into the box, also check out the hilariously waterlogged pitch 1:50 in.