Scotland striker Kris Boyd agrees deal with Portland Timbers

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Kris Boyd
Boyd ended last season on loan to Nottingham Forest in the Championship

Scotland striker Kris Boyd has agreed to sign for Major League Soccer outfit Portland Timbers.

The deal to play for the side coached by former Scotland striker John Spencer will be completed should he pass a medical and receive a work permit.

Spencer said: "We're very pleased as we've been looking for this type of traditional number nine player."

Boyd has been a free agent since the 28-year-old left Eskisehirspor following a contract row in December.

He had moved there after a disappointing year with Middlesbrough but spent only five months in Turkey's top flight.

Boyd, who ended last season on loan to Nottingham Forest, is again believed to have received interest from Championship clubs, while he was also being considered as an option by former club Rangers.

However, the player who made his reputation as a goalscorer at Ibrox and with Kilmarnock, becoming the Scottish Premier League's record scorer, has chosen to head for the United States.

He had been offered a contract by Houston Dynamo, who are coached by Scottish-born Dominic Kinnear, after ending his stay in Turkey following a dispute over wages.

Now Boyd, who has 18 caps, will instead join Houston's rivals from Oregon and has told Timbers that he will travel to the USA in time for the start of the season once he receives his visa.

Timbers owner and president Merritt Paulson told his club website: "I've said from the beginning that we are committed to winning and will the make a significant investment on the player front if it is the right fit for the organisation.

"Kris perfectly fits the profile of the team's needs and will make a huge impact.

"Kris is a proven goal-scorer at the highest levels of the game and we expect that to continue here in Portland."