Saturday, November 1, 2014

Euro suitors line up for BWP

New York Red Bull forward Bradley Wright Phillips is garnering some interest overseas after his MVP-like regular season, where he scored 27 goals tying the MLS single season record.

MLS Transfers reported on Deadline Day in August that Championship side Blackpool were interested. Since then, MLS Transfers can confirm there has been more interest in the player. 

A source has identified UEFA Champions league qualifier, Norwegian-based Stromsgodset IF as a potential suitor after a few scouts viewied a couple of his performances in September and October. 

MLS Transfers had also learned a club from Switzerland is monitoring BWP's performances, with a scout watching from Red Bull Arena this past Thursday, where Bradley scored two goals to secure a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. 

More information to come.

UPDATE 11/20/14:

Sources overseas and in the states have informed MLS Transfers that BWP has no shortage of options come January.

As originally reported, English club Blackpool and Norwegian side Stromsgodset IF are still in the running.

A source has said Blackpool could be willing to give New York up to $150k if they can get BWP on loan until the Championship season ends in May, and an extra cash incentive bonus should they not be relegated. Blackpool currently sit dead last 17 games into the season.

Another source has said Stromsgodset IF could offer anywhere between $500-700k to get the MLS leading goal scorer.

MLS Transfers has also learned the Swiss club monitoring BWP has been FC Zurich. Currently in the UEFA Europa League, a source says they want to boost their attack for upcoming matches against Apollon Limassol and Borussia Monchengladbach.

It has also been suggested that a number of undisclosed English, Welsh and Scottish clubs have also been keeping close tabs on the English-born forward.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

German Denis interested in joining Crew

Argentine striker German Denis is interested in a move to Columbus Crew.

It is unclear of how or why at this moment, but MLS Transfers has learned of the 33 year olds interest through an overseas source.

Currently making 1.2 million euros after taxes, it would seem that Denis is looking for his last big pay day in MLS. 

His goal record could have Crew fans salivating as he has 57 goals in the past 130 Serie A matches and lead Atalanta in scoring since the 2011-2012 season. He was also rumored to be a last minute addition to Juventus just 2 months ago as they were looking to add striker depth. 

More details soon. 

EDIT: This transfer doesn't seem like it would happen until the end of the Serie A season, as German's contract is up in June 2015.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

24 under 24 transfers

Here's the latest on MLSSoccer.com's 24 Under 24, transfer news edition:

1. DeAndre Yedlin - Transfered to Tottenham

2. Erick Torres - MLS seems to be buying him at the end of 2014 

3. Fabian Castillo - We broke the Club America interest yesterday as well as Monterrey and OC Nice interest. Winter bid for him will be on its way.

4. Gyasi Zardes - No suitors yet but a USMNT call up in the winter could help his cause.

5. Diego Fagundez - MLS Transfers found out last year Chilean powerhouse Colo Colo were in for the youngster but nothing materialized. We also got the scoop that a few Italian teams have eyes for the 19 year old but nothing official as if now.

6. Mauro Diaz - Young number 10 has it all, including Euro and Argentine suitors. All know his ability, all waiting for him to prove it in a long stretch (aka see if he can stay healthy) 

7. Joao Plata - Have heard nothing on Plata, but could change after his stellar season.

8. Luis Gil - Had 2nd division Spanish league interest but that passed. Need more minutes to show his potential.

9. Wil Trapp - He'll be staying in Columbus to develop more.

10. Bill Hamid - Still developing, will stay in DC.

11. Dillon Powers - One of those players everyone knows about in MLS but not much outside the league. A USMNT call could change that.

12. Kekuta Manneh - Supposedly had Arsenal intetest. Not much since news since last year. 

13. Ameobi Okugo - Under the radar player, has had some Bundesliga interest in the past few months but needs to become a more predominant force wherever he plays to get scouts even more excited. 

14. Andrew Farrell - Steady player who needs a USMNT call up to really force a transfer. Overseas scout says he needs a move to CB for Euro-clubs to take notice.

15. Matias Laba - Have not heard much. He's as solid a player as you'll find. He'll be playing in Europe in due time 

16. Kelyn Rowe - We'll break this here, German side Augsburg has intetest but wants to see his play become more consistent.

17. Harry Shipp - Slumping a little since the beginning of the season is normal for a rookie. French side Marseille has been interested and has recently been scouting in person.

18. Perry Kitchen - Interest overseas is picking up. Fouling needs to be controlled more for him to be at the next level.

19. Shane O'Neill - Still very much a prospect and has had the eye of Celtic and Danish club Br√łndby. See him with the Rapids to keep developing.

20. Deshorn Brown - Needs to finish consistently to grow to the next level. Not a ton of interest yet.

21. Olmes Garcia - Same as Deshorn Brown.

22. Gershon Koffie - Doesn't get enough credit from fans or scouts apparently. Not much interest brewing as of now

23. Tesho Akindele - A call up to the Canadian Nats will elevate his stock. See him staying in Dallas for a few more years.

24. Russell Teibert - He's impressed scouts but again, needs to show more consistent play on the field to go to the next level.