The Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired Argentine midfielder Matias Laba on loan from Toronto FC, multiple sources have confirmed to the Province.

Toronto was forced to shop the 22-year-old young designated player after signing England international Jermain Defoe and U.S. international Michael Bradley in an off-season splash.

The Reds also have Brazilian striker Gilberto on the books as a designated player and the MLS maximum is three DPs.

MLS has an intraleague loan rule that applies to players 24 or younger. “…budget considerations surrounding the loan are subject to negotiation between the two clubs,” the rule states.

TFC coach Ryan Nelsen initially said after landing Defoe and Bradley that the club would “move hell and high water” to keep Laba, a native of Villa Raffo who played previously for Argentinos Juniors of the Argentine Primera División, and also in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Laba started all 16 of his appearances for TFC last season, scoring once. He earned $200,000 last season, according to the MLS Players Union.