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Panamanian reports link Columbus Crew SC with striker Ricardo Clarke

Columbus is on the search for more attacking talent, but a reported deal hit a snag.

Clarke with Wellington
Clarke with Wellington
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Kei Kamara is back at training and Conor Casey is signed to provide depth, but it appears that Columbus Crew SC weren't done trying to augment the forward line. According to reports from Panama, Crew SC had submitted a bid for Panamanian striker Ricardo Clarke, currently of Zamora FC in Venezuela.

Clarke, 23, began his career in Panama with Sporting San Miguelito in 2011. He spent a brief period on loan in New Zealand with the Wellington Phoenix before going on loan to Zamora. The Venezuelan club made the loan permanent in 2013.

The reports from Panamania radio stated that the Black & Gold has offered to buy Clarke, but that the offer was rejected and Columbus did not return with an improved offer to match Zamora's asking price. The report also said that a Bundesliga 2 team was similarly rejected.

Head Coach Gregg Berhalter did say in a call with reporters on Tuesday that the club was not finished looking for another attacker. Clarke would fit the profile that the team was looking for, someone to provide depth, but with experience in the pro game.

Columbus opened preseason last Friday and has been training in Florida since Saturday.