Freddy Adu is in search of his next new club after having his contract with Brazilian club Bahia expire in December. Is England the next stop on his world tour?
Work-permit issues would certainly complicate matters (one would think that if Juan Agudelo had a hard time securing a permit on appeal, that Adu, even more of a U.S. international afterthought in the last couple of years, would have a fair share of roadblocks as well), but Adu has been training with League Championship side Blackpool and he even played 45 minutes in a closed-door friendly Tuedsay against the club's youth team, according to the Blackpool Gazette.
The Gazette reports that Adu will remain training with the club for the remainder of the week. As a free agent who is out of contract, Adu is able to sign with any team outside of the transfer window, so last Friday's deadline is of no consequence to him.
Adu has been on teams in Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Monaco, Brazil and the United States, bolting MLS for a second time after having his contract with the Philadelphia Union terminated last March. Because of England's work permit restrictions, Blackpool would seem to be an unlikely landing destination. The appeals process is not known for being an exact science, though, and Adu does carry international recognition despite his lack of U.S. caps in the last two years. For the time being, it'd be wise to take Adu's Blackpool stint with a
grain shaker of salt.
"Freddy is just over to train and I’m going to have a look at him," Blackpool interim manager Barry Ferguson told The Gazette. “That’s as far as it goes at the moment. He’s not played in two months and he’s just come back from Brazil. We’ll see how he does in training.”