Reo-Coker has spent the majority of his career in the English football system, including many years in the EPL, playing for the likes of West Ham, Bolton, Aston Villa and Ipswich Town. He has the traits needed to be a quality MLS player and in my mind he is the poor man's Yaya Toure. Nigel will sit back when needed, but he also has quality and pace to get forward when the opportunity presents itself.
Reo-Coker, English, is naturally a defensive midfielder and one would initially think that FCD already have several players in that position with Luccin, Thomas, Ulloa, Moffat, captain Andrew Jacobson and Michel on occasion, but the only two able to hold onto a spot thus far are Michel and Thomas. AJ and Moffat have been rather poor thus far in the season and Ulloa has done well, but is forced to play a simple one-two touch game with his abilities.
This opens the door for FCD to pursue Reo-Coker to improve the quality of depth Dallas will have at this position. AJ and Moffat would likely be the first choices for a trade, but it would likely have to involve a large sum of allocation money for Vancouver to be interested.
Of course these are just rumors as it stands, but Reo-Coker has been out of favor since suffering a concussion after tripping over a bike rack and only playing one minute of MLS action since then.
Reo-Coker has an extremely salary cap heavy ($400k base salary), but he is not labeled as a designated player meaning it is possible for FCD to acquire him (FCD currently hold the maximum 3 designated players.) This would force Dallas to make some moves in order to bring him in, but this could be a move that is very beneficial for Dallas going forward as the center midfield has been an issue for the past three and a half seasons and with FCD's best option, Hendry Thomas, sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
All in all, this would be difficult for the Dallas front office to pull off, but it would be an interesting, and in my opinion beneficial, move for FCD to make. Dan Hunt and Fernando Clavijo would definitely be working extra hours in the office if they were to pull this one off.
I personally would love to see this move happen for Dallas and I believe it would improve the midfield greatly. He would make an immediate impact and break into the starting XI quickly to partner with either Michel or Victor Ulloa. Andrew Jacobson, Adam Moffat and Peter Luccin have not solved any issues this season for FCD and actually created more problems with their consistent injuries. I believe it is time to bring in Reo-Coker and dump AJ, Luccin and Moffat therefore making it so we have no weak options in the midfield. FCD currently have too many defensive mids, but with the news coming out with Hendry Thomas' injury it almost becomes a necessity. Also, I would like to add that it would probably not add a CDM to the roster, as almost certainly at least one of Moffat, Luccin, or Jacobson would have to move on in order for this deal to come to fruition.
What are your thoughts on FC Dallas making a move for Nigel Reo-Coker?