- I can confirm the report that Charlie Davies is in talks with MLS, and that he would likely be headed to the hometown Revs as replacement for Juan Agudelo.
Solely from using my brains, I think if New England can get that done by Thursday's deadline, it might be easier for Stoke to pry Agudelo away before their summer window closes (as opposed to collecting him when his deal runs out at year's end, which is where they stand now).
- Expect Alejandro Bedoya to have a new club by some time next week. To get you up to date, he has already rejected offers from Greuther Fürth, Hajduk Split and Randers FC, at the least. He currently is in advanced talks with (in order of their likelihood of capture) a mystery Ligue 1 side, Heerenveen and Swiss traditional power Grasshoppers.
As I told you last time, the FC Twente interest was a long ago thing and all reports him having an offer from and/or ready to sign there were complete bunk.
- Our man Mo Edu is nearly fit. Once he is, it is possible he remains at Stoke to fight for a place. It is also possible that he heads to France or Turkey on loan. I know what you're thinking, but no, it would not be Bursaspor again.
- As it turned out, Eugene Starikov completed a season-loan move to Tom Tomsk. I have yet to figure out exactly what happened with the full transfer talks there, but will try to find out.
- Greg Seltzer