With FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo already confirming that the team will sign a striker in the now-open transfer window, it comes as no surprise that FC Dallas has been linked to a potential strike partner for forward Maxi Urruti.
What is surprising though is the player that FC Dallas has reportedly offered a contract to, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Nicolo Schira, 30 year-old Nigerian forward Osarimen “Giulio” Ebagua.
Ebagua is currently unattached to a club, but he has spent the entirety of his career in Italy, despite being born in Benin City, Nigeria.
After spending eight years as a part of the Torino youth system, Ebagua joined Casale in the Serie C2 league from 2005-2007, bagging 11 goals in 48 appearances.
After unsuccessful spells in Serie C1 with Novara and Pescara, Ebagua found his form with Varese from 2009-2011. Ebagua scored 19 times in just 44 appearances for Varese, helping them secure promotion back to Serie B, the second-tier of Italian soccer.
This gave Ebagua the opportunity to rejoin Torino in Serie B for the 2011-2012 season, although he made only a minimal impact by netting just three times in 20 appearances for his old club. A brief loan in 2012 to Calcio Catania allowed Ebagua the chance to play in Serie A, but he made just three appearances for the club.
After a successful return to Varese in which Ebagua scored 17 times in 35 matches and a two-year run at Spezia, where he netted 16 times in 48 matches in Serie B, Ebagua now finds himself without a club.
In 234 career matches, Ebagua has scored a total of 77 goals with 12 assists.
Standing at six feet tall, Ebagua has the size to be able to work well with Urruti in the attack, as Clavijo has already stated that the club is seeking a striker able to compliment Urruti.
FC Dallas has not yet released a statement about Ebagua or any other current transfer targets.
The news of a possible Ebagua transfer was first picked up by SB Nation’s Big D Soccer.