July 27, 2008

According to a report in Wales on Sunday, Kenny Cooper is set to join Welsh club Cardiff City. The report claims the English second-division side and Major League Soccer have agreed on a $4 million deal for the 23-year-old former Manchester United reservist.

However, a spokesman for FC Dallas tells Goal.com that the deal is not complete.

The Wales report claims the Bluebirds and Cooper are still negotiating personal terms, and Goal.com has learned the contract is in the area of $1.2 million per year.

Cooper, according to a source familiar with the situation, was keen to stay in Texas, where his father, Kenny Cooper Sr., had played for the Dallas Tornado of the NASL. But contract talks with the club broke down last week when Cooper was in Toronto for the MLS All-Star game, and so the overseas move became the more likely option.

Originally targeted by Swedish side Rosenborg, Cooper, according to the source, is more eager to return to the English leagues.

A star youth player in the Dallas area, the 6-foot-3 Cooper joined Manchester United's reserve side in 2003, as a 19-year-old, after coming to the attention of Jimmy Ryan, the Red Devils' youth director, a onetime member of the Dallas Tornado. But Cooper did not stick at Old Trafford. After several failed loan stints, he returned to Texas and joined FC Dallas in 2006.

Since joining MLS, Cooper has scored 24 goals in 62 league appearances. He has nine goals so far in the 2008 season.

FC Dallas crushed the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0 on Sunday night, after which, the Wales report says, Cooper was due to fly to Cardiff to officially join the Bluebirds.

-- Goal.com

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