Report: Venezia Sets Sights on Signing Jordan Pefok

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Young Boys striker Jordan Pefok has been in good form for his club in the Swiss Super League this season. Now, it appears that Serie A side Venezia is interested in bringing him to Italy.

According to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday, both clubs are currently in negotiations to reach a deal for the 25-year-old, but it’s not certain whether an agreement will be reached.

If a deal goes through, then Pefok will become the latest American to join the ranks at Venezia alongside Gianluca Busio, Tanner Tessman, as well as youth players Jack de Vries and Patrick Leal.

Pefok has picked up where he left off last season with Young Boys as he is currently joint second on the goalscorers’ list with 11 league goals (16 in all competitions). Prior to the league’s winter break, he scored a career-high four goals in their 5-0 victory over Lugano.-

Earlier in the season, he scored the game-winner to lead the defending league champions to a famous 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Following a brief stint as a youth international with France, the Washington-D.C.-born striker committed to the U.S. men’s national team, earning his first cap in March last year in their 4-1 win over Jamaica.

So far capped eight times, Pefok was not included in the head coach Gregg Berhalter’s 28-man roster for January’s World Cup qualifiers.

Venezia could use reinforcements in the attack, as they have scored a league second-worst 20 goals in their return to Serie A, as they sit one point above the relegation places. At the forward position, Pefok would have to compete with Thomas Henry and David Okereke, both of whom arrived from Belgian teams in the summer, who have scored a respectable nine goals combined.

If the transfer does not go through, then Pefok will be looking to strengthen his case to be brought back into the U.S. squad next Friday when Young Boys return to league action against Lugano.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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