Toronto FC's beleaguered offence could soon get some much-needed help, as head coach John Carver said Sunday the team is on the verge of signing a new forward.
"We are quite close, we're just finalizing it (the deal)," Carver told reporters after Toronto's 2-0 loss to FC Dallas at home Sunday afternoon.
When pressed by CBCSports.ca about the identity of the forward, Carver declined to comment, saying only that the delay in a deal being reached is coming "from their end".
One possible candidate could be Scottish-born striker Paul Dickov. The former Manchester City star has been linked with Toronto FC in the past and he even visited the club last month.
Whoever it is, he can't come soon enough.
Toronto is winless in its last six Major League Soccer regular season contests (with just three goals in that stretch), having last tasted victory on June 14. With a 6-8-4 record and 22 points, Toronto has dropped into fifth place in the Eastern Conference and is in danger of falling out of the playoff race completely.
Danny Dichio, the team's top scorer with five goals, hasn't played since July 1 due to concussion problems and the Englishman isn't expected to return to the lineup anytime soon.
Fellow forward Jeff Cunningham is in a scoring slump — his last goal came almost two months ago (on June 8) — and newcomer Chad Barrett, acquired in a trade with the Chicago Fire last week, played 70 minutes on Sunday before leaving the game with a leg injury.
The team also has problems in defence.
American Marvell Wynne is currently on international with the U.S. Olympic team and won't return to the MLS club until after the Beijing Games. An ankle injury has ruled out Todd Dunivant for the remainder of the season, and Marco Velez earned a one-game suspension Sunday for picking up two yellow cards against Dallas.
Carver said the team should add another defender, in addition to signing a new forward.
"I think we might have to look for a defender, as well," the Toronto coach said. "Marco is out for one game, and the transfer window will close soon and I need a defender in here as well, so we're going to have to try to pull out all the stops (to sign a defender)."