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Report: Philadelphia Union could add Wigan Athletic, Denmark midfielder

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Denmark’s William Kvist, left, heads the ball with Serbia’s Dusan Tadic during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match between Serbia and Denmark, at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)


In a move that would likely signal the permanence of Maurice Edu’s move to center back, the Philadelphia Union may be actively seeking Wigan Athletic defensive midfielder William Kvist.

Kvist is on a one-year deal with the Latics after 10 years between Copenhagen and Stuttgart that included a loan to Fulham under current Union consultant Rene Meulensteen.

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The 29-year-old has been capped 52 times for Denmark, scoring twice. He also served as the national team’s captain with Daniel Agger out, and is a two-time Danish footballer of the year.

From Kevin Kinkead of CBS Philly:

The Union connection comes from new consultant Rene Meulensteen, who signed Kvist to his Fulham squad on-loan in January of this year. Kvist was acquired from Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, but the relationship was short lived, as Meulensteen was sacked less than a month after the deal went through. Fulham then had the option to sign Kvist permanently in the summer, but that option was not exercised and he moved to Wigan on a free transfer after making just eight appearances for the relegated Cottagers.

One person close to the situation said they weren’t sure whether or not the Union would make an offer for the midfielder, but confirmed that he was on a list of players that the team was tracking.

Kvist isn’t playing regularly for Wigan and could be open to a move. The addition of Kvist would almost certainly be the final nail in the coffin for gifted Philly mainstay Amobi Okugo, who is expected to test the waters of Europe.

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