Colorado Rapids planning bid for Aussie striker Matt Simon

Colorado Rapids are chasing Australia international striker Matt Simon.

Colorado Rapids are chasing Australia international striker Matt Simon.

The Central Coast Mariners centre-forward is the Rapids' prime transfer target before the MLS transfer deadline falls, Colorado sources say.

Rapids management are willing to cough up a major fee for Simon, who is eyeing a move away from his Australian club.

Simon fancies a move to Europe, but Rapids head coach Gary Smith is confident he can convince the Aussie he can use them as a launching pad into England. Rapids have a strong relationship with Arsenal, with club owner Stan Kroenke now a major Gunners shareholder, and Smith a former coach at the London giants.

Smith's assistant at the Rapids, Steve Guppy, the former Leicester City and Celtic winger, will also work on Simon to convince him a move to MLS is in his best career interests.

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