An offer from an English Championship club to take United States protector Aaron Long on loan has actually been denied by the New York City Red Bulls, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.

The deal involved handling all of Long’s wage and included a choice to purchase in the US$ 2-3 million variety. The Red Bulls didn’t react instantly to an ask for comment, though as of last Thursday a league source informed ESPN that the Red Bulls had yet to receive an official deal.

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Long is presently in Orlando with the U.S. nationwide team, who are set to play a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday. The Oak Hills, Calif. local has actually made 18 appearances for the U.S. while scoring 3 goals.

The decline of the offer comes in the middle of numerous reports regarding Long’s future. ESPN reported on Friday that Liverpool was amongst the groups keeping track of the U.S. central defender, while Soccer By Ives specified that there were three English Premier League clubs wanting to bring Long on board. The Washington Post earlier reported that English Championship side Reading had an interest in bringing Long in on loan, while MLSSoccer.com stated there was “interest from clubs in England and France.” The source validated that the French group that is interested is Lorient.

Long, 28, has drawn interest from a range of teams throughout the years. Back in 2019 numerous quotes from Premier League groups were rejected. These consisted of a quote from West Ham United. A bid from Ligue 1 side Amiens was likewise declined.

Long signed a brand-new agreement to play for the Red Bulls in 2019 and the offer has another year to run plus a group choice for the 2022 season.

Long was prepared by the Portland Timbers in 2014, however was launched in midseason having had loan stints in the USL Champion with Sacramento Republic and the Orange County Blues. He quickly locked on with the Seattle Sounders and spent 2015 playing for their reserve group. In 2016 Long went on trial with the Red Bulls and was signed to their reserve group, New York Red Bulls II, and spent the entire 2016 season in the USL.

In 2017, Long made an advancement into the Red Bulls first string, and has actually been an essential ever considering that, making 120 league, cup and playoff appearances, scoring nine objectives. He was named MLS Protector of the Year in 2018, a season in which the Red Bulls claimed the Supporters Shield, which goes to the team with the greatest regular season points total.