Monday, August 5, 2013

Goodie Time!

Let's discuss a couple of guys, neither of whom appear set to move at the moment.

  • I've learned that Everton tried to approach Roma to talk about dealing Michael Bradley and were quickly told to hit the bricks.

    I know many out there worry that the bald eagle will be squeezed out in a crowded midfield, but I'm told the new coach loves him and plans to use him often. Apparently, Rudi Garcia feels that none of the other guys in the stable cover enough ground - which, as we all know, is one category where few can match Bradley.
  • The report of Watford interest in Terrence Boyd is true. He also has eyes trained by some EPL clubs, some of whom have made introductory calls to Rapid Vienna - but nothing serious is going on with any of them at this time.

    Boyd also remains on Lazio's browsing list for the possible event that Libor Kozák is sold during this window. Strangely enough, the Czech forward has been getting calls from Sunderland of all places.

The reality is, anyone who wants either of these guys is going to need to cough up top dollar for them. Both clubs consider their US international to be crucial to the season's goals (in Boyd's case, literally).




- Greg Seltzer

17 comments:

Jstoney127 said...

So seltzer, what's up with bedoya?? Heard he had a number of offers but nothing completed??

WilkersonMclaser said...

Thanks for the tidbits, Greg.

Could you comment on the rumors of Lando to Europe? Everton makes sense for obvious reasons, as does MU (though it seems a lot less likely). Any ideas?

And what's the next step for Mix?

Tom Shenk said...

In the All-Star game there were times that Bradley was single handedly beating back the MLS midfield and keeping them from advancing out of their defensive half. That's a quality that is hard to replace.

Tony M said...

I haven't seen any chatter recently about Donovan going abroad. (Nor do I think he needs to.)

But wouldn't that be hilarious to see Dempsey in MLS and LD abroad - how many of the people who have berated "Landycakes" for years trying to spin that one around?

In any case, if he did go, I have a sneaking suspicion that it would not be to Europe but to Mexico. He's the guy they love to hate, he's fluent in Spanish, and as he moves through his 30s and he relies less on his speed, the ball movement of the MFL would suit him well. He's always followed his own beat - I can just see this one happening.

Tony M said...

WilkersonMcLaser: My apologies. I see an article on Goal.com about Donovan. I had not seen that when I replied before.

WilkersonMclaser said...

Tony, I'm referring to this Goal.com piece: http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/69/transfer-zone/2013/08/05/4165641/source-landon-donovan-attracting-serious-interest-from.

The piece points directly to 'European' clubs, though we're left wondering if that's Everton or the likes of Dinamo Zagreb (or worse, something in Scotland!). I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't an American-owned team or two seriously mulling over a Landycakes-equipped roster.

That said, Mexico does kind of make sense, but I don't know that it's enough of a step up for him to justify the move. LigaMX is a fine competition, but I think he'd prefer to stay and contribute to MLS's growth. But Roma, on the other hand ...

WilkersonMclaser said...

Problema nyet. Let the speculation begin! Again!

Tony M said...

Roma...turn me on!

Micah said...

Wouldnt Bradley be a more logical replacement for Gibson than Fellaini? Doesnt seem to fit into Evertons system in the Fellaini role.

Jon said...

Bradley can do better than Everton after another good year and a WC. UCL is in that boys future.

Landon can do much better than MLS. Probably needs a new challenge. Liga MX can F off. Landon can do much better than that to. Top 4 league.

Jacob Klinger said...

It's been pretty well documented that Donovan on his day can play for any team out there. It's just a matter of what he wants to do.

When he does what he wants, it usually ends up working out.

dikranovich said...

at this point, I think the ideal situation might be to have Donovan and deuce on the same team as jozy altidore. there can not be much better for USA world cup aspirations than to have this three pronged attack working together on the same club team in the months leading up to 2014 in brasil.

just imagine if three americans were helping sunderland to secure some European league football leading into the world cup. that's pretty.

Soccertes said...

Thanks for the nuggets, Greg. While you're at it, do you know if there's any validity to the Charlie Davies to NE Revs whispers? Not that it would be significant for any reason other than the curiosity factor of any team wanting a dude who can't make the bench at a middling Danish club.

WilkersonMclaser said...

Stoke is getting ridiculous. TSG is reporting that Juan Agudelo has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Potters: http://theshinguardian.com/2013/08/06/juan-agudelo-stoked-on-the-prem-headed-to-the-potters/.

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WilkersonMclaser said...

Ives also confirming: http://www.soccerbyives.net/2013/08/agudelo-contract-stoke.html.

BTW, @Soccertes, Agudelo's exit would explain a lot re the CD9 rumors.

Jon said...

Agudelo has been freed! Good for him, leaving a league which has been terrible for his development.

Funny how MLS will get nothing for another young prospect. Losing Agudelo for nothing is pretty poor business. Good thing they turned away previous business. LOL.