Minnesota United is expected to sign 30-year-old French left back Wilfried Moimbe to a short-term contract, three sources have told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Loons have been looking to add to the recent acquisition of midfielder Robin Lod in this summer transfer window. Their pursuit of one target fell apart, and the acquisition of Moimbe was teased by coach Adrian Heath after last Wednesday’s international friendly loss to Aston Villa.
Heath has been complimentary of rookie left back Chase Gasper since he made his debut in early June. While Gasper has made five consecutive starts, the Loons are looking for depth as they continue to make a playoff push in MLS’s Western Conference.
After spending last year with AS Nancy in the second-division French league, Moimbe is out of contract, meaning there isn’t expected to be a transfer fee necessary for another club. Moimbe has played for nine clubs since 2009.
The Loons are going back to a spot where they had huge success over in the transfer window last winter. Moimbe comes from same league in which the Loons picked up right back Romain Metanire, who became an MLS all-star this season.
It remains unclear how long Moimbe’s immigration paperwork will need to be processed and when he will be eligible to start playing games.