Transfer Tuesday rumors - Jermaine Jones to the Fire?

As the transfer window deadline approaches on August 6 things are starting to heat up in MLS and in Chicago. Those of you hungry for Fire news will be interested to learn that the local club has rekindled interest in USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones over the last two days. According to sources, the Fire are one of several clubs courting Jones and are seriously looking to add him as a Designated Player.

Jones would reportedly command a salary somewhere in the $1.5-2 million range and would seem to be a fit for the Fire’s DP budget. The fact that he’s a natural center midfielder, and the Fire aren’t lacking in that position after signing Razdan Cocis, is a bit curious however. Acquiring Jones would seemingly create a log jam at that position with Cocis, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Chris Ritter, Benji Joya, and Logan Pause all on the roster. No one in that lot including Jones would be considered consistent offensive threats so a move of this nature would still leave the forward/attacking spots in need of an upgrade. A trade within the league could help resolve that matter.

Making things even more intriguing was the Los Angeles Galaxy’s move to trade allocation spots with DC United this morning. LA sent defender Kofi Opare along with a second round pick to DC in exchange for a swap up to the #3 spot in the allocation order. It seems LA might be interested in Jones via this move but they could also be eyeing another returning USMNT player in this window. Either way, everyone will be interested to watch how Los Angeles maneuvers cap space to add another significant piece to their roster.

While nothing has been finalized and negotiations are always fluid when it comes to transfer window dealings, the Fire are apparently serious about Jermaine Jones. Other targets had been the main focus but a shift to Jones is recent. How and if they can fit him in along with other possible trades will make for good transfer window banter.

UPDATE (4:45 cdt)

As reported here weeks ago, the Fire have been looking to move Dilly Duka. They found a trade partner today in the Montreal Impact. Duka is on his way to Montreal in exchange for midfielder Sanna Nyassi.

The move clears some cap/budget space with Duka slated to make $190,00.00 guaranteed in 2014 and Nyassi making $154,625.00 per the latest MLSPU report.

Nyassi has been recovering from an ankle injury and has only appeared in 4 games this season.

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Nice, there is something out there showing that the Fire are trying to improve the team. I would be very surprised to see Jones land with the Fire. But lets play what if shall we.

    I liked the little bit of what I saw from Cocis going fowards this past saturday. Would like to see a middle pairing of him and Jones. With Jeff dropping to CB. Trading any 1 of Baky, JKH, or Ianni for an out of form striker (have to be better then Fondy right). Would be nice to find a taker for Watson as well, Pause can back up the holding mid spot. When everyone is healthy I would like to see a line up of

    P.S I really feel like the team is missing the spark that Nyarko provides them on a game to game basis.

  • In reply to KChance:

    That look at Larentowicz in the back may be a real hard look.

  • Guys. Whether they get jones or not at least we know they are alive

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    You don't think it could be PR department programming?!? Remember, it's only a rumor at this stage. j/k

  • Cocis, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Chris Ritter, Benji Joya, and Logan Pause? Guillermo... I know we want to be positive. I know we want to be fair to our players. I know we want to be nice... but we don't have room for him because we have these players?

  • In reply to waamsy:

    Just sayin' can't have that many guys at one position in a cap restricted league.

  • This is clearly a PR stunt to get us all excited and then completely blow our minds by announcing Ronaldinho. Or perhaps Andy saw Jermaine Jones hanging out with all those celebs and figured he might be able to sell some tickets to the second star club.

  • Guys they dumped Old Dilly to his old coach so that gives them room and space. I am positive that tomorrows head lines will say Hernandez of Man U on the way to the fire.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I wouldn't hold my breath on that one but the next few days are going to be interesting.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I'm not going to hold my breath for any signing. Its a shame that if they are going to bring in someone that can possibly make an impact that they didn't do it sooner. I have a feeling that we will keep getting those DPs that will last half a season and then be shipped out.

  • As someone on Twitter aptly pointed out, that's now twice in two years that Brian Bliss has pawned Dilly Duka off on Frank Klopas.

    Bliss - 2, Klopas - 0. lol

  • Am I the only one annoyed by the Duka trade? I thought Duka was excellent last year, maybe behind only Magee. Sure he didn't look great early on this year, and has had some injury struggles, but if we're ignoring last year's form and going solely on this year's, then by that criteria we should also be getting rid of Mike All-I-Do-Is-Yell-At-The-Ref Magee.

    What I liked about Duka is his fearlessness in going at defenders. Whereas most Fire players, and most MLS players in general see a defender squaring up against them and turn to pass the ball backwards, Duka would take them on. Sure, he'd lose the ball sometimes, but other times he'd take it to the endline and get a good cross off. I really don't understand why he didn't get more chances. It's not like he's being benched in favor of the MLS All IX here - we're one of the worst teams in the league.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Duka wasn't going to play ahead of Nyarko, Shipp,, or Ward. He saw the writing on the wall and asked for a trade.
    Too expensive at $190k to sit on the bench.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    I'd rather have players that want to play for the Fire. Duka was hurt and then apparently when he got healthy asked for a trade. I'm sure he would have played a lot more through the busy last month had he not done that but it's tough to trust a player that says they don't want to be with the team.

    Duka has skill but I wonder about his heart. Hopefully Nyassi fits in.

  • Guys the impact made out on this deal. Nassi is a player that is average when he is not hurt. He is hurt a lot. It's hard to say but pause is probably a bit better.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I think Nyassi fills two very apparent needs that the Fire had: 1. Getting rid of Duka/his salary (although Nyassi makes more than I thought...150k? sigh) 2. Providing an outlet for pressure when protecting a lead late. With Nyarko injured, there have been approximately 0 offensive subs for Yallop to make when trying to hold a lead. Nyassi can come in and provide, if not a palpable threat at goal, at least the speed to break to the endline and relieve pressure off of the beleaguered back four. Without Nyarko in the game, this team has no chance of countering. While I don't think counterattacking style should be plan A, it's still one of the best ways to close out a game, especially when the midfield isn't good enough to dominate possession.

  • Any chance of spending "Ronaldihno like" money this year?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I've heard zero on that front.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    That's not very much money.

  • An interesting take on the Fire via number crunching from Timbers blogger Chris Gluck.....

  • I bummed about Duka. I liked the way he plays. He needed to be convinced/taught how to recover defensively, but he always added spark. I don't think that Jermaine Jones will add to the team's cohesiveness defensively. He can get lost on the field and caught out of position. His energy and work rate cannot be questioned. I would think he plays in big red's spot. If the fire acquire him, he might make Logan Pause consider starting his coaching career a little earlier than he expected.

  • Picks tonight
    DC United and Toronto FC draw
    Colorado over New England
    Real Salt Lake over New York
    Chicago and Vancouver draw


  • When does the ownership transfer window open?!?

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