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Report: D.C. United interested in Bolton defender Mark Beevers

A 29-year-old center back would fit a need.

D.C. United have apparently expressed an interest in Mark Beevers, a 29-year-old center back playing at Bolton Wanderers. Before we go any further, it should be noted that one of these reports comes from The Sun (the other comes from Daily Mirror reporter Alan Nixon who says Beevers has MLS interest but does not name D.C.). If you’re not aware of the Sun’s tendency to well, create things, then this is your nota bene of this.

That said, there’s a bit of circumstance that may be worth keeping an eye on here. Beevers’ contract expires at the end of the season, however Bolton has had recent financial issues; players went on strike last summer due to unpaid wages, an issue that resurfaced when wages were delayed in November and have been delayed again in February (as of Saturday afternoon, they had yet to be paid, or learn when they would be paid), and for obvious reasons would be why Beevers would want to go. Beevers has been with Bolton since July 2016 starting in all 112 games he has played. His experience is largely in the Championship League, appearing in 398 games combined with Bolton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, starting in 355.

For D.C., who is sitting on an open international roster spot and may not feel comfortable with their current center back pairing of Steve Birnbaum and Fredric Brillant, getting younger and bigger (at 6’4”, Beevers would be taller than either player) would seem to fit. Given additional scuttlebutt that D.C. Technical Director Dane Murphy has been in England recently and watching Championship League matches, the circumstances appear to have merit.

More on this as we learn it.