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New York Red Bulls have agreed to sign Ligue 2 French defender Jason Pendant according to Transfer Markt. The 23-year-old Frenchman has been with the second division club since becoming a professional in 2016.
The move comes after Kemar Lawrence and Michael Amir Murillo departed the team this off-season, leaving the Red Bulls with young, unproven options in the wing-back position. Despite speaking highly of Patrick Seagrist and Kyle Duncan, the move comes as little surprise given the lack of depth the team currently has. While unproven, Pendant fits the mold of Red Bull signings as young and with a high ceiling.
Since 2016 Pendant has played in 72 games for FC Sochaux and was also called up to the French U-16 and U-18 national teams. Earlier this year he refused to sign a contract extension which forced the clubs hand to transfer the player. New York has swooped in and represents a chance at monumental growth with playing time on a first division team.
The transfer fee is not official but it appears to be just shy of a million dollars. How this affects the current salary structure of the Red Bulls remains to be seen but there is significant room for spending following the off-loading of the highest paid players on the team like Luis Robles and Bradley Wright-Phillips.