Israeli giant Maccabi Tel Aviv has lodged an improved $800,000 bid for United States defender Steve Birnbaum, but D.C. United is refusing to sell the center-back, sources told ESPN FC.
Club sources said on Friday that D.C. United is not currently entertaining offers for the 25-year-old and is "comfortable" letting Birnbaum play out the rest of his contract, which runs until January 2018.
D.C. United would still hold Birnbaum's MLS rights at that stage if the contract expires.
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Denys Garmash's goal was enough to give Dynamo Kiev a 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv and send them through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Garmash scored in the 16th minute, moments after Dynamo winger Andriy Yarmolenko had gone off with an injury.
Dynamo responded to taking the lead by putting the brakes on, shutting down the match.
But the hosts had pushed forward in the early stages, with Serhiy Rybalka seeing an early shot blocked before Junior Moraes was denied.
They lost Yarmolenko...