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Toronto FC reportedly chasing Kazim-Richards

With the MLS transfer window about to close Toronto FC may be set to make a last minute move for Colin Kazim-Richards who was left off the roster at Bursaspor and should be on the move shortly.

Shaun Botterill

With the MLS transfer window set to close on August 6th it has been a very quiet summer window for Toronto FC.  That should come as no surprise considering how active they were during the winter transfer period but what is surprising is that the club has been mentioned in almost no transfer rumours this past month.

The club has made a few moves within the league but for the most part they have been sticking with the status quo and their current roster.  That could change though as in the dying hours of the transfer window the club has been closely linked to a new international attacking player.

Reports out of Turkey suggest that TFC could be close to making a move to bring in Colin Kazim-Richards despite the attacker having only played one season with Bursaspor after signing a four year deal with the club last September.  That deal reportedly plays him around 1 million Euros each season on average which would put him well in to the Designated Player range should he make a similar wage in MLS.

The problem for the Turkish international is that he has been left off the Bursaspor roster for the new season.  The 27-year-old is now on the look for a new club with his future in Turkey now in doubt.  It seems that Toronto FC could once again come swooping in to help a player out of a bad situation similar to what they have done in the past for the like of Julio Cesar.

Kazim-Richards would certainly be an interesting pickup for TFC should they be able to bring him in at a reasonable price.  Finding a way to fit him in under the current cap in MLS without giving up anyone who is already on the roster would truly be the most impressive work that we have seen from Tim Bezbatchenko since he took over the reigns as General Manager with much talk about his understanding of the cap system.

The issue with picking up a player with like Kazim is that despite over 30 caps for Turkey he has not been able to put together a consistent run of performances at the club level.  He has been with nine different clubs over the past ten years since making his debut for Bury with his longest stay at a single club being four seasons at Fenerbache.

Kazim-Richards also only scores a goal in one out of every ten appearances during his career for both club and country.  That is not really the rate you would want to see from a winger/support striker even if his entire game is not built around scoring goals.

The rumour of TFC's interest in Kazim-Richards does seem plausible should the player be willing to take a significant pay cut to get away from a bad situation in Busaspor.  The club certainly cannot afford to pay him the kind of money he is making now with Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley, and Gilberto taking up the three DP slots.

If TFC really are interested in adding another attacking option and these reports are serious fans will not have to wait long to find out.  The window of opportunity for the club to bring Kazim in is closing rapidly with just over a day between these reports surfaces and the close of the transfer window.