Freddy Adu, left, remains in search of a new club after having his time at Brazil's Bahia end in December. (Sebastiao Moreira/EPA/Landov)
Despite training with English League Championship side Blackpool for the last few weeks, Freddy Adu won't be resurfacing with the Tangerines.
Out of contract after his time at Brazilian side Bahia came to an end, the 24-year-old Adu had played in two of Blackpool's closed-door scrimmages while taking part in training. He'll remain with the club to continue his quest to reach full fitness, but he won't be signing in any official capacity, according to The Blackpool Gazette.
Caretaker manager Barry Ferguson told The Gazette:
“There is nothing happening with Freddy, He’s come in and worked hard with us. He is a great lad, but I’m more than happy with what I’ve got. I have a strong squad.”
Even if Adu had been offered a contract, he would have had to somehow circumvent the UK work permit process -- the same process that denied Juan Agudelo a move to Stoke City -- despite not having played for the U.S. senior team since the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup (he did participate in 2012 Olympic qualifying).
Considering that he is a free agent, Adu can take his time in finding a new club, as he is able to sign outside of the transfer window. That might throw a wrench into his proclamation in a video interview with Blackpool that, "You never know, you play well for the next couple of months and you're in camp for the World Cup. You never know." In the meantime, the search for a sound club situation continues.