Whitecaps FC added Peruvian International Yordy "Magic" Reyna from FC Salzurg today. Reyna, a 23 year old forward, can play all across a three man attacking line, but prefers the centre forward role, where he scored one goal every 263 minutes last year, or just under one goal for every three complete matches.
He was acquired with the use of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), and is under contract until 2018. The club has the option to extend his stay until 2020. Although he has agreed personal terms, the transfer is subject to receipt of his international transfer certificate, and his Canadian work permit and visa.
"Reyna is an exciting, hard-working, young talent, and we are thrilled to add him to our club," said Whitecaps FC manager Carl Robinson. "He's very direct with the ball, he can make the final pass, and he can score goals. He has all the attributes we want."
The Peruvian will join the squad in Great Britain – upon receipt of a British visa – later this week as the club kicks off their preseason tour of Britain. The tour includes matches against Championship sides Bristol and Cardiff City, as well as League one side Oxford United.
Reyna joins the 'Caps after having been a member of FC Salzburg since the summer of 2013. During his three years in Europe, the 5'7" Peruvian twice won the Austrian Bundesliga and Austrian Cup.
Internationally, Reyna has scored two goals in 17 appearances for Los Incas.