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Sky Sports understands former Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre is set to sign a two-year deal with Major League Soccer outfit Portland Timbers.

Last Updated: 19/02/13 at 19:19 Post Comment

Mikael Silvestre: The French defender is ready to sign for MLS side Portland Tim

Mikael Silvestre: The French defender is ready to sign for MLS side Portland Tim

The Frenchman has not played a competitive match since January 2012 and has been without a club since leaving German side Werder Bremen in the summer.

Silvestre, 35, spent time training with Sir Alex Ferguson's side in October to regain his fitness in order to find a new club.

Timbers club owner Merritt Paulson and head coach Caleb Porter believe the versatile player will add some much-needed experience to the side's defence ahead of the new campaign.

Portland Timbers finished eighth in the Western Conference last season.

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