The website for Dutch first division club FC Groningen reported this morning that they have come to an agreement with the Fire on the transfer of defender Johan Kappelhof. The 25 year old Ajax Academy product is mainly a center back but he can play right back if needed. FC Groningen also reports that the 5'-11" defender will sign a multi year agreement with Chicago.
With the European transfer window closing at the end of this month, the Fire are still working on other moves. The addition of Kappelhof and Joao Meira earlier this week bolsters the center back position but there is still one more signing apparently coming at that spot. Marcin Kaminski shouldn't be discounted just yet, even though he played in a match for Lech Poznan on Wednesday. It sounds like there are several options still on the table.
One player who won't be coming to the Fire is Nemanja Vidic. The veteran defender announced his retirement today. He was always a distant option for Chicago with rumors circulating during the SuperDraft about discussions with MLS. He was several choices behind younger possibilities.
The Fire have not released official word on the transfer of Kappelhof but should be soon.