Angel set for US switch

17 April 2007 09:23
Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel is close to completing a switch to American MLS side New York Red Bulls. Angel, who cost Villa a then club record £9.5million when he was signed by former boss John Gregory from River Plate in 2001, is set to agreed a two-year contract according to reports in the US. The Colombia international hitman has scored 58 times in more than 200 appearances for the Midlands club, but has been in and out of the first team since Martin O'Neill was appointed Villa Park manager last summer. The 31-year-old has made 28 appearances this season but has mainly been used as a second-half substitute following O'Neill's January acquisitions of Ashley Young and John Carew and the form of academy graduate Gabriel Agbonlahor. His best season came 2003-2004 when he scored 23 goals as Villa narrowly missed out on qualifying for the UEFA Cup. New York Red Bulls have already signed former Manchester City midfielder Claudio Reyna for the forthcoming season. The ambitious MLS side will reportedly offer Angel a £40,000 per week contract for two seasons with the option of a further 12-month deal should he prove a hit.

Source: ESA