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MLS Hot Stove: Will Nagbe end up in Columbus? Is Vargas the man for Portland up front?

The MLS regular season isn't due to start for another two weeks, but for a quintet of MLS teams, the start of the season has arrived. Next week the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League begins with Toronto FC, Sporting Kansas City, the Houston Dynamo, Supporters Shield holder New York Red Bulls and reigning MLS Cup champion Atlanta United all in action.

Yet that doesn't mean teams are settled in terms of personnel. Far from it. Here's the latest from around the league.

The Nagbe mystery...

Portland Timbers make $10 million move for Tigres' Chile international Eduardo Vargas

Ahead of the 2019 season, coaches from around MLS share their views on how to define success in the evolving league.

The Portland Timbers' pursuit of a Designated Player forward has led them to Tigres' Eduardo Vargas, league sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Univision Deportes was the first to report Portland's interest in Vargas. Portland declined to comment on the story.

One source indicated that Portland's bid for Vargas is just under $10 million, though sources cautioned the deal hasn't been finalized. If the deal is completed, the transfer fee would rank among the highest in MLS history for an incoming player...

Portland Timbers pursuing Tigres striker Julian Quinones - source

Julian Quinones is on a shortlist of forward options for the Portland Timbers, according to an ESPN source.

The Portland Timbers' search for a new striker includes Tigres forward Julian Quinones, a league source with MLS has told ESPN FC.

Quinones, a Colombia youth international, joins a list that includes Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce and one another target, the source added.

The Timbers' interest in Ponce was first reported by The Athletic.

Quinones, 21, has been on Tigres' books since 2016, a stint that included loan spells with Mexico second-tier outfit Venados as well as Liga MX side Lobos BUAP....

By ESPN Staff
Jan 21, 2019

Behind the scenes with Rooney, Zlatan and other MLS stars

Take a look at the best moments from ESPN FC's time at MLS Media Day 2019 in Los Angeles.