Sergio Koke Coming to Houston

Well Dynamo fans, nothing official on our end yet, but this was just posted on the official Aris website and it's very interesting:

Termination of collaboration with Sergio Koke

04/13/1911 19:48

ARIS FC announces the termination of cooperation with the footballer Sergio Koke to continue his career in MLS.

FC Aris Sergio Koke thanked for his contribution to date and his substantial contribution over the last five years the rise of the club. He wished success to follow his career and every personal happiness for himself and his family.

Is he on his way to Houston? 

Honestly, we don't know yet but it sure seems like it's a real possibility. I'll keep you updated throughout the day as this story develops.

UPDATE (12:27pm)

Translated statement from Thanasis Athanasiadis, President of Aris:

"It is sudden. Board convened in the presence of all members. The claim was transferred from the player. It found that the circle has closed the group and wanted to go on loan to test in America. We refused.

The next solution was feasible, it was resolved to mutual obligations, with the encouragement of the player. Discussions are currently underway. The fact is that we are in the process so that the two sides to mutually disengage from their contract. It is important that the financial price.

One can not keep him if he is not available. In America the final phase of the transfer. The proposal came at the last minute. The proposal seems very tempting and we strongly expressed the desire to make it acceptable."

UPDATE (1:32pm)

Report from El Desmarque Malaga:

After nearly five years in Thessaloniki, the opportunity to cross the pond and try a new experience in the United States attracts Koke, who has been hired by MLS itself, which owns the rights to the players. The operation has been completed in recent days by José Contreras, Koke's brother and agent, in Thessaloniki. This agreement was signed Wednesday and Koke travel to Houston next week after passing through Malaga. Sign up to 2013 and receive a salary of around a million euros.

UPDATE (4:05pm)

MARCA is now reporting on Koke coming to Houston.

The Malaga Sergio Contreras "Koke" starts its fourth adventure abroad after announcing his departure from Aris Thessaloniki to play in the MLS. Former Malaga, Marseille and Sporting Portugal leaves the Greek side to play in the Houston Dynamo.

Deal appears to be done, just waiting on MLS and the Dynamo to announce it.

UPDATE (4/14 7:54am)

Yet another article saying Koke is on his way to the Dynamo.

Aris captain Sergio Koke bid farewell to the Thessaloniki club on April 13 after almost five years of service, to join MLS side the Houston Dynamo.

The Spanish forward is departing immediately to the US, as the MLS season is already under way, but made a tearful promise that one day he would return to Aris.

Just how serious is Koke about this move? He paid Aris out of his own pocket to secure his release from his contract. If nothing else, it sure seems like he's motivated to make the move to MLS.

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