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Montreal Impact's Saputo: We never went after ex-Inter defender Materazzi

Montreal Impact president has revealed that the incoming MLS franchise never went after Italian defender Marco Materazzi.

The 38-year old former Inter Milan and Everton centre-back was being heavily linked with a move to the Impact ahead of their inaugural MLS season in 2012 but Saputo has dismissed those claims.

"I can tell you Materazzi is not one of the players we went after, but there were a lot of players we've been speaking to," Saputo admitted to

The Impact chief also said that the club is certainly looking for a Designated Player in the mould of Materazzi - or like Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet - who they have also been linked with.

"I've given (head coach) Jesse (Marsch) the option that if there's a DP available that he feels fits the organization, we'll take a look at him," Saputo added.

"It's got to be a player who wants to be here, who understands his role in our organization; to help the development of our young kids also.

"It's got to be done for the right reasons, but we're still looking for a DP."

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