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June 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Sounders confirm interest in Christian Tiffert, discussions of a contract deemed “premature”

Reports emerged Thursday morning that FC Kaiserslautern midfielder Christian Tiffert, 30, was town to meet with the Sounders.

The team confirmed as much this afternoon. Here’s a statement from a Sounders spokesman:

Christian is a player who we like but is still under contract with Kaiserslautern. He was here today to see our facilities and visit the club, but discussions of a contract are premature and would include his club.

In a conference call with Seattle and Portland reporters Thursday afternoon, coach Sigi Schmid said things are in the “exploratory” stage with Tiffert.

“Every team at this point is always looking at players,” Schmid said. “It’s the transfer window, so you’re always looking at players and seeing if something makes sense to you. He’s a player that obviously his club has indicated he probably will not be returning … and he’s exploring options. Have we settled or anything like that? No.”

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What do you think of Tiffert? Potentially a good addition? Worth a DP slot?

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