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Report: LAFC to add Andre Horta, four others to roster

Club ‘moving closer’ to midfielder and could add No. 3 SuperDraft pick.

Benfica v Setubal: Primeira Liga
Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta during the match between SL Benfica and Vitoria Setubal FC for the Portuguese Primeira Liga at Estadio da Luz on August 21, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Andre Horta could be a step closer to finding a home in Major League Soccer.

Los Angeles Football Club is reportedly close to signing the midfielder, currently on loan at Braga.

If the club completes the signing, sources say Horta will be LAFC’s third designated player, along with striker Carlos Vela and forward Diego Rossi, and will begin with the team around the start of the season, which officially begins March 4 at Seattle Sounders.

Last month reports were that LAFC and Benfica had agreed to a transfer arrangement for Horta, but the Portuguese club that loaned him to Braga, Benfica, could not convince Braga to terminate the loan early. At that time, it was suggested LAFC would pay somewhere in the neighborhood of €6 million ($7.2 million). The latest report follows one last week saying after talks had broken down, the teams recently renewed discussions and were nearing deal.

This season at Braga, he has played in 11 matches with one goal and five assists.

MLSsoccer.com has added that LAFC could sign up to four players who have been in training camp with the club, including Tristan Blackmon, the No. 3 overall SuperDraft pick. Blackmon, a defender from Pacific University, was acquired after LAFC traded D.C. United for the pick. At the time, he was considered a surprise pick for the club.

If the deal for Horta comes to fruition, it will bring the number of players under contract to 19. Adding four more, as reported, would be 23, which is still well short of the 30 rostered players allotted. The MLSsoccer.com report indicates LAFC are aiming to start the season with 24 players, believed to be the minimum allowed under MLS roster rules.

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