UPDATE: Bob Kellett is saying that Fanendo Adi, a Nigerian striker who currently plays for FC Copenhagen in Denmark, is the player coming to the Timbers. Adi, who is 6'4", would fit the bill for a target striker. Since joining Copenhagen at the start of the 2013-14 season, Adi has made nine league appearances and scored three goals. He spent part of the year on a short loan to Trencin in the Slovakian first division, where he scored seven goals in three matches.
Fanendo Adi is likely the forward coming on loan. He's a 23-year-old Nigerian playing for FC Copenhagen.— Bob Kellett (@bobkellett) May 12, 2014
The fact that the Portland Timbers intend to bring in reinforcements tomorrow has been commonly accepted since Merritt Paulson returned to twitter earlier this week. The Oregonian have the latest piece of the puzzle, reporting that before the close of the current transfer window tomorrow night, the Timbers will bring in a "target forward" on a short term loan with an option to buy.
The team have been hurting up top this year, making use of the services of the Argentinian duo of Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez, but not finding a truly consistent striker in either. Porter, when asked about the style of play that he wants from his strikers, has consistently said that he is looking for different things from different players, so that he can make changes to the line-up and adjust to take on different opponents.
With the lack of playing time for Frederic Piquionne, and his recent return to Martinique to deal with a family emergency, the Timbers have been without a player that can effectively hold the ball up and provide a good target for crosses into the box or challenge for balls in the air.
Piquionne has been the player rumored to be on the way out for much of the season, but his recent absences seem to confirm that he will no longer be with the team tomorrow in order to make room for this new player.
There has been little speculation about the identity of the Timbers' new acquisition and even fewer rumors. The Oregonian, however, does have another tidbit, naming him as coming from a "first division European" team.
Who could it be? We should find out in the morning, but feel free to speculate here.