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Jonas Elmer reportedly close to joining Toronto FC

Reports are suggesting that Toronto FC have agreed to a one and a half year deal for Swiss left-back Jonas Elmer. Elmer currently plays for FC Winterthur of the Swiss second division and his club would likely require a transfer fee to complete the deal.

Ashtone Morgan finally got off the bench but now he might be heading back there
Ashtone Morgan finally got off the bench but now he might be heading back there
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Toronto FC fans are all hoping for some new faces to come in and help boost the attack but the rumour mill has dried up in recent days since that whole mess that surrounded the club's alleged pursuit of Diego Forlan. This summer transfer window has seen some talented players leave the club with only Alvaro Rey and Mark Bloom being brought in. It is not exactly the kind of business to inspire a lot of confidence among fans considering all the big talk from the club.

Now it seems that the club are on the trail of another role player level signing as they are reportedly on the verge of signing Swiss left-back Jonas Elmer. Elmer currently plays for FC Winterthur in the Swiss Challenge League which is the country's second division.

Prior to joining Winterthur he had a good run in the Swiss Super League having made his debut as a teenager. He first established himself with FC Aarau, a club often around the relegation zone, having joined the club after spending time in Chelsea's development system. When Aarau were finally relegated down to the second tier Elmer took the chance to sign a three year contract with one of the country's top clubs as he joined FC Sion.

At Sion he struggled to lock down a place in the first team as the club underachieved for his first two seasons. That led to him spending 2012 out on loan to AC Bellinzona in the second division. He joined the recently relegated club for the second half of the season and became a regular in their squad helping them to claim the best defensive record in the division.

Following the end of the 2011-2012 season his contract with FC Sion came to an end and he moved on to FC Winterthur. In his first season with the club they narrowly missed on on the promotion playoffs to the top division, doing so on the back of one of the division's best defensive records once again.

The new Swiss Challenge League season is now underway and despite Winterthur getting off to a slow start with just one win from their first three matches Elmer has played every minute of league play. It continues his impressive streak for the club where he has started every match since his arrival in Winterthur going the full 90 in all but one match. Now it appears that they are set to sell one of their key players with Elmer looking to play outside of Switzerland for the first time in his professional career.

Der Landbote are reporting that Elmer has agreed to a deal that would bring him to MLS to join Toronto FC with the only thing missing being the official confirmation. Their report suggests that the player will come in on a one and a half year deal and that Toronto will pay some form of transfer fee for his services since he is still under contract with Winterthur.

If this signing does take place it would be bad news for Ashtone Morgan who was just starting to work his way back into the starting lineup as Elmer would almost certainly wind up starting ahead of him. Despite spending the past few seasons in the Swiss second division Elmer would likely prove to be an upgrade for TFC at the left-back position which is something the club has been in need of considering Morgan's struggles.

Landing a player like Jonas Elmer would be another move that could prove to be a nice depth addition and help to establish that solid core group of players. With Elmer being 25-years-old he would have the chance to contribute for a number of years should things work out well for him in Toronto. It is the kind of addition that clubs need to make but the problem is that it does not really live up to the hype that was offered by the management team.

There don't seem to be any other sources reporting the deal so it will be interesting to see if it does get completed in the coming days. On paper it does seem like it could be a solid addition at a position where the club could use some solidity.