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Chicago Fire owner open to new DP but wants the right fit

Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman admits the club is still looking for a Designated Player but he insists that they will not take just anyone.

The Fire have signed the likes of Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Nery Castillo and Freddie Ljungberg as their key men over the past four or five years with just one of that trio really performing for the club.

Hauptman says he would be prepared to spend some real money on a star player, much like the LA Galaxy did on Robbie Keane, but has made it clear that he won't fork out cash for just any big name.

"Would we sign a striker at the price of Robbie Keane? The answer is yeah, of course we would," Hauptman said.

"Would we have done that particular signing, I'm not entirely sure. Would we [pay that price] for the right striker that fits what [head coach Frank Klopas] and the technical staff wants? Yes, of course.

"At the end of the day if you're signing a player of that caliber, you've better be pretty confident that that player is going to make a pretty significant difference."

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