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Mexican international Hector Moreno is a wanted man. Where will he go?

Aug 5, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

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Mexican defender Hector Moreno is a man in demand.

Teams from the Premier League, La Liga and Russia are all chasing his signature. Moreno’s options are plentiful and varied. Where will the former Pumas UNAM man go?

Spanish reports claim that both Swansea City and Cardiff City could pounce to sign Espanyol’s defender. With a transfer fee in excess of $12 million expected by the Barcelona-based club. So far, nobody has met that valuation but today Russian side Rubin Kazan have jumped ahead of the two Welsh clubs with a $10 million bid.

Espanyol have described the player as “untouchable” but that bid from Kazan is going to test their mettle.

Moreno, 25, has played 46 times for Mexico and is a rising star in La Liga. It is clear to understand why Espanyol don’t want to sell their defensive lynchpin but with the club still battling financial problems, Moreno may have to move on.

Forever living in the shadows of cross city rivals FC Barcelona, Espanyol looked to have made a huge step forward when they moved into the brand new Estadio Cornellà-El Prat for the 2009-10 season. But the new venue has crippled the club with debt and forced them to sell off several players and they lost manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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Through all of that, Moreno has remained at Espanyol. But now the tough-tackling defender should probably move on. He’s outgrown Espanyol, just like he outgrew AZ Alkmaar when he first moved to European soccer in 2008.

He can reach the very top of the European game. No doubt about that. A move to the Premier League, especially to Swansea, would suit Moreno. He is use to playing out from the back in Spain and Michael Laudrup encourages that at the Liberty Stadium. And with Swansea’s central defender Ashley Williams attracting interest from Arsenal, Moreno could be an excellent replacement in South Wales.

For now the rumor mill will continue to churn out possible destinations for Moreno. He could remain in Spain with Espanyol or another La Liga side, go to the Premier League or get Europa League soccer with Rubin Kazan.

Whatever happens the Mexican internationals steady rise to stardom will continue on European soil. In some country. Somewhere.

  1. hildezero - Aug 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    WTF! Seriously PST? This is a freakin Mexican! Who cares about the Mexican team? Even I’m Mexican and I don’t care about that crappy team. Why don’t you focus on bigger news that hits home, maybe like… Michael Bradley getting interest by Everton or Terrance Boyd drawing interest all over Europe (Lazio being one of them). How are we suppose to grow American soccer and draw interest from other people in America when dumb journalists report this? What a joke… :/

    • nussdorferac - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Perhaps because it’s been covered elsewhere. I enjoyed the article. US and Mexican soccer are bound together.

  2. hildezero - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    “US and Mexican soccer are bound together.”

    Lol. You’re kidding, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. A lot of Mexico fans would laugh at you, trust me…

    • nikesparq - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Speak for yourself. I’m an El Tri fan 110% (have been to Azteca countless times), and we compare ourselves to the US constantly. Open your eyes, as neighbors they are constantly observing each other. So yes I can see the argument of being bound together as we are both competing during CONCACAF.

      • mvktr2 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        Not only that nikesparq but the two nations literally need one another to push and pressure each other. The better the US is the more it pressures Mex, the better Mex is the more it pressures the US. Outside of one another within the region sure El Salv is consistently pretty good and someone else steps up but the US & Mex are the only teams that have a real chance to be elite.

  3. nikesparq - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Great article Joe, I would have to put my money that Hector will head to that Russian bid.

  4. hildezero - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Suuurrreee… I don’t speak for myself. You’re just as bad as this article. You said you’re a “ElTri 110%” and I’m pretty sure live in America… See what I mean?

  5. adiaz9201 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Mexico is our biggest competitor, we need to know what is going on with them, just as well as they need to know what is going on with us, we are the two biggest country’s in the Concacaf, Canada is big by land but population is small.

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