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Columbus Crew signs a contract with a Colombian

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Colombia international striker Cucho Hernandez has agreed a Designated Player deal with the Crew as the club’s new striker for a transfer fee of between $10 million and $10.5 million from recently relegated English Premier League club Watford , sources told The Dispatch.

Hernandez is under the control of the club for three and a half seasons, until 2025.

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Multiple outlets, later confirmed by The Dispatch, reported that Hernandez and the crew were close to finalizing a deal on Saturday. The agreement was reached on Monday and will be announced as early as Tuesday.

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The transfer fee for Hernandez, 23, is the largest acquisition cost in Crew history, surpassing the $8 million paid to acquire Lucas Zelarayan ahead of the 2020 season.

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