Kansas want Espinoza back

Roger Espinoza during his only start of the 2014/15 season at Burton Albion
Roger Espinoza during his only start of the 2014/15 season at Burton Albion

ROGER Espinoza could be on his way back to America.

The midfielder’s former coach at Sporting Kansas City has confirmed that the MLS outfit is trying to regain his services.

Espinoza struggled to break into the Latics side under both Owen Coyle and Uwe Rosler last season and has found it even more difficult during this campaign.

So far he has made just two appearances, playing a full 90 minutes in the League Cup defeat to Burton Albion in August before coming on as a second-half substitute against Charlton four days later.

Espinoza made 127 appearances for Kansas before moving to Latics in 2012, where he went on to play a pivotal role in the FA Cup final last year,

However, with Latics bulking up their midfield ranks significantly over the summer, the chances of him gaining playing time at the DW Stadium look increasingly slim.

Despite confirming interest though, Kansas coach Peter Vermes told reporters at his press conference yesterday that the club won’t be looking to splash the cash for Espinoza.

The MLS outfit offered the Honduran international a fresh deal before he crossed the Atlantic and say that they have first refusal should he choose to return to America.

“I’m here to tell you there’s no done deal,” he said. “I’ve talked to Roger since he left, and we’re always talking about an opportunity for him if he ever comes back. But we own his rights, and we want him to come back.

“There’s no reason for us to buy him. First off, he went away to that team on a free. Our league is not a model for transfers. It just is not. And we wouldn’t go back out and buy him, especially when he’s not playing on a regular basis there.

“Why would we? It would definitely not be a smart business move, and I like to think that we’re pretty good on that.”