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For a reported $7.5m, Houston stands alone as the frontrunner to sign the talented and rising Mexican international. MLS now moves to finalize the league contract with Houston picked as the destination.

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Erick "Cubo" Torres is close to finalizing negotations with MLS and the Houston Dynamo are leading the pack to sign him, according to Ives Galarcep with Goal.com.

Following several weeks of rumors about his destination, the belief was that the 20-year old striker could sign with Chivas Guadalajara or MLS following the contraction of Chivas USA. It was believed that the player wanted to join LA Galaxy or Seattle Sounders but both teams appear to have balked at the high price tag.

Last week, in a conversation with Orange in the Oven, Dynamo president Chris Canetti revealed that the club was tracking the situation and were "definitely interested" in seeing how it developed and played out. According to Galarcep, Houston have stepped up to sign Cubo for a reported $7.5 million -- a fee that most teams seem unwilling to match.

It appears that the league have been slowly working on negotiations with Torres' party while trying to find a club to foot the bill. With that in place, MLS now moves to finalize the full transfer which might include having Torres play for relegation-at-risk Chivas Guadalajara for a brief period of time in order to lower the asking price.

Chicago Fire were also examining signing Torres before deciding to move in another direction for a Designated Player. That leaves Houston as frontrunner (possibly unopposed) to fill a DP slot, left vacant by the payment of Boniek Garcia's transfer fee.

Torres finds himself ready to sign with a club after a stellar 2014 year with Chivas USA in which he logged 15 goals in 29 matches while on loan from the Guadalajara parent club. Cubo also found his way on the Mexican National Team three times this year, notching a goal in an October friendly versus Panama. At just 20, Torres is a player on the rise in both domestic and international teams and would go far in solving many of the Dynamo's woes in front of the net.

Update

Cubo Torres is headed to Chivas for a six-month loan from MLS. No word yet on if the loan would affect the reported $7.5million signing fee when he returns.