TFC has interest in Mellberg, McKenna

The Toronto Sun has learned TFC is in talks with former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg and...

The Toronto Sun has learned TFC is in talks with former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg and Canadian international Kevin McKenna, a pair of towering defenders that could solidify the club's embattled back four.

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

Last month Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner said the Reds would land “a bossman” to “patrol the back line.”

Make that bossmen – potentially.

The Toronto Sun has learned TFC is in talks with former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg and Canadian international Kevin McKenna, a pair of towering defenders that could solidify the club’s embattled back four.

As first reported by Goal.com on Saturday, Mellberg could join the club as a Designated Player within days, a report a source close to the situation hinted to the Sun last week.

The source, who is close to MLSE senior management, said TFC would attempt to sign a defender who featured in this summer’s Euro Cup — something Mellberg did with Sweden.

A second source with knowledge of the proceedings confirmed talks between Mellberg and TFC continued this weekend.

That same source told the Sun TFC is in talks to sign Mckenna, a 32-year-old defender with German Bundesliga experience, to a non-DP contract.

In June, Mariner told the Sun he scouted current Canadian national team players after watching the team in World Cup qualifying. When asked Friday if any of the club’s imminent signings would fit that bill Mariner refused comment.

After clearing an abundance of cap space by trading Julian de Guzman, loaning out Joao Plata and dropping Junior Burgos and Nick Soolsma, TFC declared its intentions late last week to land a pair of difference makers in defence.

At the moment, the leading candidates would appear to fit that bill.


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