San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli has confirmed that the club will not make any Designated Player signings this offseason with the goal of reassessing the situation and attacking the market over the summer.
Speaking to reporters at the club’s first day of preseason training, the new general manager said: “[We have to] make sure we don’t rush into signings and find the right fit.
“The winter transfer period produces a limited amount of good opportunities and the club, in this position, believes there will be more options in the summer where we can strike a deal [looking more towards] the long term. We do not want to enter any negotiations with DPs [at this time].”
However, he added that “there will probably be some [transfer] news in the next ten to fourteen days” and that they “look forward to surprising many people.”
Quakes manager Dominic Kinnear elaborated on their preseason transfer dealings, saying: “We’re going more for the mid level guys and try to make the squad stronger in different areas. There’s a bunch of guys we’re talking to and in negotiations with and hopefully we’ll get some deals done soon.”
The Quakes have been linked with numerous players over the offseason, most notably Albanian international Jahmir Hyka out of the Swiss Super League. Reports have also emerged from the Netherlands that the club are close to wrapping up a deal for twenty-six-year-old FC Groningen forward Danny Hoesen, formerly of Ajax and the Dutch Youth National Teams. Although Kinnear declined to comment on the rumors, he told QuakesTalk.com that Hoesen is a “capable player.”