- SoccerByIves is also correct: I can confirm that the LA Galaxy have opened loan-with-buy option discussions over Sacha Kljestan. However, I am told these talks are currently in the infancy stage.
- Again, do not get over-heated just yet, but I have learned that Sporting CP (clearly still regrouping from the failure to lure Terrence Boyd) have made some introductory calls about Juan Agudelo. Will they get serious before it's too late? Stay tuned.
- A quick background check: the recent Matt Besler situation basically came down to a KC stay or Fulham. Sunderland and Southampton were next in the order of seriousness, but slow to decide on formulating an actual offer. Nobody involved ever put up an offer to match the "Buy now!" price on Besler, but he would probably be a Cottager today if they were still in the Prem.
- No great goodies here, but it needs to be stated. A lot of folks in various places have wasted a lot of breath insisting that a) Sunderland would cut-and-run from Jozy Altidore & b) that no one besides an MLS club or weak Euro-league team would want the US striker after his miserable club season.
Well, in fact, quite a few European clubs in all sorts of top leagues made calls about Altidore before he was injured at World Cup. It seems they all were hoping Sunderland were eager to shed the forward (or the other way around), but nothing ever went much further than hello. So, he had plenty of potential, but is in a two-way relationship with Sunderland and both parties are intent on another try. Long story short: assuming in an emotional state is generally a bad plan.
- Greg Seltzer