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NYRB still looking for a striker as Rodgers still ineligible

New York Red Bull head coach Hans Backe has revealed the club is still searching for a striker in the absence of Luke Rodgers.

The Englishman is still ineligible to play in North America due to visa issues and although the club is keen for him to re-join the squad, Backe has made it clear that the hunt will go on for a possible replacement.

"We hope for that. But you never know. But that's the target of course, to get one quality guy in up front," said Backe.

"If we trade for one or to buy one for Europe, we don't really know yet. It takes time. It's not overnight. You do these trades or buying players for Europe, it takes time."

Backe has ex-San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids striker Quincy Amarikwa on trial at the moment but says he has to cast more of an eye over the 24-year old before making a decision.

"He came up to play the reserve game, and we said, OK, let's train with us until Saturday," Backe added.

"He played quite OK (with the reserves). His runs in the attacking game are good. Technically, he is good enough, I must say. But it's as I told him, I've only seen him in one game with the reserves; I need to see him four or five times in a few sessions."

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