The Washington Post's Steve Goff linked Columbus Crew SC with Norwegian center back Nicolai Naess of Stabaek. Additional reports indicate a transfer fee has been arranged, meaning there is likely allocation money of some order involved in the deal. The six-foot-tall Naess is 23 years old, and has made 94 combined league and cup appearances in his career. This would be his first move abroad, as he made his debut for one season at Valerenga before moving to Stabek.
This would be Crew SC's first transfer of the window. It is likely a depth signing, looking to fill a hole in the back line until Gaston Sauro returns from injury. Current options at the back remain limited to Michael Parkhurst, the struggling Chad Barson, and the inconsistent Tyson Wahl, who has struggled with injury for parts of this season.