Sebastian Lletget reportedly to sign with LA Galaxy

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According to a report by Goal USA, American midfielder Sebastian Lletget will reportedly sign with the LA Galaxy on a free transfer from West Ham United.

The 22-year-old has been with the West Ham academy since 2009, and made his first and only professional appearance with the first team in January of 2014 in an FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest.

The Galaxy were required to pay New England an undisclosed amount of money – reportedly in the $50,000 range, the minimum required offer under the new CBA – since the Revolution had included Lletget on their discovery list.

Los Angeles has tried in earnest to replace Landon Donovan’s attacking talents in the midfield, to a mostly unsuccessful tune.  They hoped to sign Sascha Kljestan in the offseason but were unable to complete the deal. As a result, the Galaxy have just three wins in nine matches this young season, although they have gone unbeaten in their last four with two wins and two draws.

Lletget would theoretically slide right into the first team mix and could challenge 33-year-old Mika Väyrynen for his newly-earned attacking midfield spot. With Steven Gerrard ready to slide into the mix this summer, LA is understandably hoping to bridge the gap and develop a young talent already with a solid base. Lletget has played at multiple levels of the US international setup, with 11 appearances spread across the U-17, U-20, and U-23 squads.