Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that the Columbus Crew SC are close to finalizing an agreement for the transfer of Danish left-winger Emil Larsen from his current club OB of the Danish Superliga. He made 106 appearances scoring 17 goals in his time at the club, and won the Superliga player of the month award in October of 2013. He has also been capped five times for his country.
Larsen has been described as "technically gifted", with a knack for finding the back of the net.
Some reports also mentioned "his attitude not being missed by fans," as he had criticized them on occasion. He may turn to Michael Parkhurst, his new captain, who also played in the Danish League, from 2008 to 2014, in an attempt to settle in.
The winger signing may be seen as curious, as wing is not exactly a glaring need for Crew SC this off-season. It could signal and end of the Crew career of Justin Meram, who was coy about his future at the last press conference before the offseason. Alternatively it could also signal a move to a striker role for him, Cedrick, or even Ethan Finlay, to provide coverage for Kei Kamara.
Larsen would be the second signing of the off-season for Gregg Berhalter, after that of veteran defender Corey Ashe.