Sounders FC

Will Montero flee for England?

Sounders FC leading scorer and MLS All-Star forward Fredy Montero said a deal to move to Fulham FC of the English Premier League “could be done soon,” according to the Sun newspaper of London.

Montero was not available to speak with reporters after practice Wednesday. However, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer said he hasn’t had any conversations with Fulham, nor has he heard from Montero that he wants to leave.

The Sun quoted Montero as saying: “I was in touch with Fulham officials around six months ago, and now they have been in touch with me again. I find the idea of playing for their team in the next season interesting. I haven’t spoken about this situation with the officials of Seattle yet, but I suppose that once they receive a proposal there will not be any problem.”

The Sun made no mention about translating the interview with Montero, who speaks to the media in Spanish.

Montero, who turns 22 on Sunday, has never denied an interest in playing in Europe, where the season runs from August to May. But previous comments have been general hopes for later in his career.

Even if Montero has decided he wants to leave before this MLS season ends, Hanauer said English work permits aren’t easily obtained. And while transfers from one club to another are common in soccer, Hanauer said he would have to be convinced it is in the Sounders’ best interest to let any player go.

“It’s certainly our policy that we want to give ourselves the best chance of winning a championship as possible,” Hanauer said. “Sometimes turning a player loose gives you a better chance of winning a championship and providing opportunities for the future; sometimes it doesn’t. So each case will be addressed individually.”

Don Ruiz, 253-597-8808