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Park Ji-Sung continues to be linked to a MLS move

The suggestion that South Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung could be heading to MLS just won't go away as he is once again linked to possible moves to MLS and United Arab Emirates.

Park linked to MLS again...he looks tired of it already.
Park linked to MLS again...he looks tired of it already.
Christopher Lee

Remeber when that Park Ji-Sung to Toronto FC thing came up? Well, it has not gone away since those initial very loose reports. Things have not really gotten more concrete since then though other than it becoming more and more apparent that he is his days at Queens Park Rangers are numbered.

With the Hoops staring relegation in the face Park could be just one of a number of players that will be looking for the exit in the summer rather than sticking with the club as they head to the Championship. Park has managed to make 17 starts and 22 appearances for QPR this season but his minutes have been on the decline under Harry Rednapp in recent weeks as he has been an unused substitute in five of the team's last eight league matches.

Players leaving a club that has been relegated is nothing new as the financial realities of dropping out of the Premiership mean that teams often need to slash their wage budget just to survive in the lower divisions. What is new is players on relegated clubs considering MLS as a possible destination rather than looking to stay in Europe.

It seems though that Park is open to a move to MLS and that the league might be open to making a move to bring in him. There have been a number of reports in the recent days that have Park considering his options for a summer move with MLS and UAE being the leading candidates to land the South Korean midfielder. One such report comes from Tutto Mercatto Web.

This round of reports does not mention what MLS club he could wind up with but the speculation that he could be convinced to come play for his former teammate, Ryan Nelsen, at Toronto FC persists. That seems to be the only connection between Park and the club other than the fact that Toronto FC does have open designated player slots and a history of being willing to spend money on bringing in big named players to fill those slots like they did with Torsten Frings and Danny Koevermans.

At 32 years of age Park is likely looking to make one last stop in his playing career and earn one final payday. It is a bit surprising that he is not being linked to a move to his native K-League but that could be due to teams in the league not having the money required to pay Park the kind of salary that he is used to commanding.

Players in top European leagues have more options than ever when it comes to deciding where to play out the twilight years of their careers which is means there is a lot of competition for MLS to land their signatures. The one thing that MLS has going for it which makes the league appealing to potential DPs is stability and the fact that there are no reports of unpaid wages or other issues like you have seen in other leagues after players like Didier Drogba joined them.

The reality is that even though the rumors of Park coming to MLS are persisting they are very much just that at this stage in time and there is nothing concrete to suggest that he could be joining Toronto FC this summer. It is all just speculation based on the limited facts that are actually available.

It could end up being an interesting summer in the MLS transfer window as Park is actually not the only big name that is being linked to a MLS move. Francesco Totti has also been connected to a possible big money move to the US this summer should an unnamed MLS club be able to pull the 36 year old Roma captain away from Stade Olimpico.