LA Galaxy reportedly close to signing third Designated Player for $9 million

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After weeks of swirling rumors, it seems that the LA Galaxy is on the brink of securing their third Designated Player spot with the acquisition of Ghanaian winger Joseph Paintsil from Genk. Reports from The Athletic and corroborating sources suggest that the deal, previously thought to have fallen through, is now in its final stages, with a transfer fee of approximately $9 million.

According to The Athletic, the specifics of the deal are as follows: "LA Galaxy at the final stage of a deal to sign Ghanaian winger Joseph Paintsil from Genk. Fee around $9m. Not 100% done yet but very close. Paintsil, 26, had 17g/14a for Genk last season. Has 6g/4a in 23 apps this year."

LA Galaxy reportedly close to signing third Designated Player for $9 million

Further details provided by journalist Bob Faesen shed light on the negotiation process: "RC Genk is on the verge of losing Joseph Paintsil to LA Galaxy. Clubs are nearly in agreement on an amount that exceeds the original limited sum of 8 million euros. A four-year contract awaits the Ghanaian in the US."

Corner of the Galaxy supplements Faesen's report with additional insights: "can confirm general details of the report. That would be more than $8.5M offered to Genk. 4 Year Contract. Galaxy close."

Paintsil, known for his attacking prowess, showcased impressive stats with Genk last season, recording 17 goals and 14 assists. Despite a slightly quieter performance this year with 6 goals and 4 assists in 23 appearances, his potential and versatility make him an enticing prospect for the LA Galaxy as they seek to bolster their squad for the upcoming season.

With negotiations nearing completion and a lucrative four-year contract awaiting Paintsil in the United States, all signs point to an imminent announcement regarding his transfer to the LA Galaxy. If finalized, Paintsil would join the ranks of illustrious Designated Players who have graced the club, adding a new dimension to their attacking force and reigniting the excitement of fans eager to see their team compete at the highest level.