The Colorado Rapids are closing in on a deal with Ivorian striker Yannick Boli, according to multiple reports.

Boli, who was born in France, is a 30-year-old center forward who plays for Dalian Yifang of the Chinese first division. Last season, he scored 16 goals in 24 appearances for his Chinese club. Boli has 55 goals in 141 club appearances.

The Rapids declined to comment on the deal.

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN reports that Boli passed a medical exam for the Rapids on Tuesday in London. Sam Stejskal, who broke the story for MLS’ official website, said the Rapids would use targeted allocation money in the deal.

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Stejskal reports that Dalian Yifang bought out Boli’s contract after signing Yannick Carrasco and Noco Gaitain from Atletico Madrid in January.

Boli came up through the Paris Saint-Germain youth system, making his first team debut with the Parisian club in 2007. He spent time in the second division in France from 2008-2011, before joining a Bulgarian club, Chernomorets, in 2012 where he scored nine goals in 23 appearances.

He played for FC Zorya Luhansk of the Ukrainian Premier League from 2013-14, scoring 14 goals in 38 games, then moved …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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