Gregg Berhalter promised a busy summer transfer window and it looks like Crew SC is trying to add some firepower after some reports link Columbus to Ecuadorian forward Jaime Ayoví. The out of favor Ayoví is also linked with Turkey's Trabzonspor. The 28 year old recently featured for the Ecuadorian national team during the Copa America Centrenario
Ayoví has 83 goals over nearly 250 games in his club career. The well travelled Ayoví broke through with Ecuadorian sides Emelec and Manta before moving to Mexico in 2010 with stops in Toluca for a year then moving to Pachuca. In 2012, Ayoví moved on loan again to Saudi side Al-Nassr. His stop in the Middle East was cut short by a broken leg after 15 games. Tijuana picked him up and sent him on a year loan to Ecuadorian powers LDU Quito to recover. He again failed to settle and went on loan in 2014 to Godoy Cruz. The Argentines made the loan permanent in 2015.
Ayoví has also made an impact on the international stage. He has another 10 goals in 38 appearances for Ecuador. He's had to battle for playing time with West Ham forward Enner Valencia, Espanyol's Felipe Caicedo, and former Chivas USA striker Miler Bolaños. Ayoví had four appearances including a start and a goal against Haiti in the just completed Copa América Centenario.
With Crew SC offense struggling this season and Kei Kamara traded at the end of the window in May, Crew SC needs more attacking talent and Ayoví fits the profile. He's a strong player in the air, able to attack the ball with the abandon of the departed Kamara if not the freakish feats of athletic prowess.
Ayoví is expected be on the move this summer. He was not included in Godoy Cruz's preseason with the reported reason that he's given extra rest after the Copa América, but he's strongly rumored not to be in the team's plans and will be joining a new club before the Argentine league season opens. Ayoví signed a new contract when he made his loan move permanent in 2015 and is likely still under contract. If he is out of favor, Godoy Cruz may be willing to let him go at a reduced price. Crew SC would likely have to pay some transfer fee on top of a significant salary for a player of Ayoví's pedigree.