Report: FC Cincinnati finalizing move for USMNT midfielder Kenny Saief

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FC Cincinnati general manager Luke Sassano is in Belgium to finalize a loan move for Anderlecht midfielder Kenny Saief, according to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com. A rough translation from a Belgian newspaper reads that the move is expected to be completed soon.

Saief, 25, is an Israeli-American that committed to play for the U.S. national team in 2015. He made his USMNT debut in the 2017 Gold Cup and started in a friendly against Paraguay in 2018. Saief made a name for himself playing at Gent from 2014-2018, scoring 13 goals.

Due in part to injuries, Saief has fallen out of form at Anderlecht this season, totaling just one assist and no goals in 17 total appearances. A change of scenery could perhaps help him return to form.

Since making his pro debut with Israel's Bnei Sakhnin F.C. in 2011, Saief has scored 28 goals and totaled 15 assists in 193 career games. He has spent most of his career playing in Belgian's top flight, the Jupiler Pro League.

Saief can play as a winger, a wingback and as an attacking midfielder -- he could be the No. 10 playmaker that FCC's roster is currently lacking. Fanendo Adi recently complained about the absence of an attacking No. 10 on the roster -- Saief may be a candidate to fill that role.

Saief's current transfer value is approximately $2.84 million, according to Transfermarkt.com. It's unclear if his looming loan to FCC includes an option to buy.

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