By Michael Lewis Editor

With Sacha Kljestan dispatched to Orlando City SC, Denis Hamlett knows the Red Bulls need a playmaker, though the sporting director won’t reveal much more than that.

On Dec. 24, Club Atletico Huracan announced that 22-year-old midfielder Alejandro Romero Gamarra — aka El Kaku — had been purchased by the Red Bulls from the Argentine club for $6.25 million. The deal reportedly had Huracan receiving 20 percent of a future transfer fee.

“You guys have read the reports,” the Red Bulls sporting director said during a Thursday morning conference call with reporters. “We are trying to navigate through that situation at the moment. That is as much information I can give you right now.”

The Red Bulls kick off the competitive part of their schedule against Olimpia (Honduras) in the CONCACAF Champions League. They visit the Honduran side in the first leg Feb. 22 hosting the second leg March 1.

There are 49 days until the opening match.

“We know obviously with Sacha gone he was a big part of our production in the attacking part of the field,” Hamlett said. “We do know we have to address that part. But again we feel we have younger players who can step up in that role. We will continue to look into filling that role.”