NYRB keen on former Sunderland, Tottenham midfielder Tainio

New York Red Bulls are hoping to bring in Finnish midfielder Teemu Tainio before the start of the 2011 MLS season.

New York Red Bulls are hoping to bring in Finnish midfielder Teemu Tainio before the start of the 2011 MLS season.

The 31-year old former Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Birmingham City man is currently training with the Red Bulls and could very soon be added to the playing roster.

It seems likely that Tainio, most recently with Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax Amsterdam, will join the Red Bulls and the player himself is hoping to put pen to a deal soon.

"That's why I'm here, to prove myself. Hopefully, everything goes well and we can sort it out," Tainio said. "I'm looking to sign for a few years here."

And Tainio revealed that he had been warned to expect a high standard of play in the USA after being so used to European football.

“People playing here told me I'd be surprised by the level. I'm pleased to see good players here," he added. "I played 14 years in Europe, so this is something new."

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