- Various places have proclaimed Stoke's second pursuit of Juan Agudelo as a closed case over the last couple days. I can confirm that this is not correct, so I guess this counts as overruling the offside flag of others. Or a reverse offside flag. I don't know, it's something.
If you have not heard: he has been in Potters-ville this week, and any second deal would require re-processing of his work permit application no earlier than March. Of course, they could always loan him out until then or until the end of the season or until the end of the season with an instant recall clause.
As for the Valencia interest, I cannot confirm how deep it runs or if it is even current. What I can tell you is that there is no Agudelo heat in Germany or Italy, places previously mentioned as housing suitors. Neeeeerp. Okay, so that counts as a typical offside flag around here.
- It is quite possible that Augsburg castaway Michael Parkhurst will be back in MLS by next season. More on this later.
- I know Fabian Johnson has had calls from other Bundesliga clubs and from England, but the summer freebie is now talking extension with Hoffenheim. I am hoping to have a full MLSS report on this soon, but because other teams can offer him a pre-deal come January, I am trying to frame the entire portrait before I run with it.You never know until you know for sure when the silly season rolls back around.
- Greg Seltzer