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ESPN reporting Giovani Dos Santos to LA is happening

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Looks like the rumors of Giovani Dos Santos moving to the LA Galaxy just heated up. (If they weren't red-hot already)

Eduard Cauich, an editor for LA Times publication Hoy Deportes, sent out this tweet late last night.

Cauich is referring to ESPN reporter John Sutcliffe, who made the comments on Fútbol Picante, a Mexican soccer program airing on ESPN Deportes.

All week, reliable sources across the soccer Twitterverse and other media outlets have reported the Galaxy are negotiating with La Liga club Villarreal to acquire the mercurial 26-year old attacker, regarded by many as the best player in Mexico.

With LA using all three of their designated player roster spots on Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez, the Galaxy are seeking to acquire the El Tri regular using a newly proposed Core DP rule which could help free up a DP slot.

A source told Yahoo Sports that a Core Player is a current Designated Player who makes more than the league's maximum salary of $436,000 but less than $750,000. The rule is up for evaluation next year, a second league source said, when MLS could decide to potentially add more allocation money into the pot for each team.

In theory, this mechanism would allow the Galaxy to sign Dos Santos to a Designated Player contract, then use allocation money to pad down Omar Gonzalez's salary enough to qualify as the "4th DP".

Admittedly, it's hard not to get excited about this latest development. Barring an unforeseen setback or some other mishap, it's becoming increasingly likely Dos Santos will join the Galaxy following the Gold Cup.